UMass Dartmouth offers individuals the chance to enroll in graduate courses, as non-degree special students, without applying for admission to a graduate program. This is a great opportunity for personal and/or professional development. Non-degree students who later become graduate degree candidates will receive credit for the non-degree graduate courses if completed successfully and suitable for the graduate program. However, depending on the program of study, the number of non-degree credits a student may use toward a degree may be limited.
Enrolling in a graduate class as a non-degree student requires permission of either the instructor or the director of the specific graduate program. Each department has different procedures, so the Graduate Office will be able to help you reach the appropriate person. If you are considering taking a sequence of graduate courses in a certain academic area, it is best to get the advice of the Graduate Program Director.