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Non-Degree Students

Non-Degree Students

Students with undergraduate degrees, who would like to enroll in classes for personal enrichment or to satisfy prerequisite graduate course requirements, may enroll as a non-degree student. The senior associate dean of graduate studies is the advisor for all non-degree students and approves all registrations, drop/adds and withdrawals.

Visit the School of Graduate Studies calendar for dates and deadlines. Refer to the Registrar's Office for course scheduling. Tuition information is available through Student Financial Services.


All non-degree applicants must submit a final, official transcript with the baccalaureate (or higher) degree posted. Send transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies. Case Western Reserve University graduates and employees do not need to submit degree verification.

For courses that have “Permission Required” listed in the course catalog or the searchable schedule of classes, permission must be requested online. This must be done before registering through the instructor or department. All permissions must be requested through the Student Information System.


To register as a non-degree student, submit the online non-degree application, a non-refundable $50 application fee and an official transcript listing the bachelor's degree.

  • Students may enroll in undergraduate and graduate level courses. Continuing in non-degree status is at the discretion of the dean of Graduate Studies.
  • Applicants who want to transfer coursework into graduate degree programs should seek early advice from the departments where they intend to apply. This will ensure that courses taken as non-degree students will satisfy departmental requirements.
  • Non-degree students should not assume admission to any graduate degree program, or that all coursework will transfer into a program.
  • Only 400 level and higher course work will be considered for graduate transfer. The term of the earliest approved, transferred course will establish the date of entrance into the degree program.
  • Courses transferred from non-degree status must have been taken within five years of the first term of matriculation as a degree-seeking student and passed with a grade of B or better.
  • Students considering transfer into a degree program need a minimum matriculation of two semesters and six semester hours of coursework.
  • Non-degree students are limited to 21 hours of coursework in one program. To continue taking courses in a program, the student must be accepted into the graduate degree program.

Financial Aid

Non-degree students are ineligible for federal financial aid.

Private loans are available to domestic students. FASTChoice has more information on various lenders.

Steps for Registration

First-time, Non-degree Registrants

  1. Complete the online non-degree application. The deadline to apply for fall is August 15, for spring is January 1 and for summer is May 1.
  2. Turn in official transcripts (CWRU graduates and employees do not need to submit degree verification) to the School of Graduate Studies in Tomlinson Hall, Room 203.
  3. Submit, if international student, a Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) score report to institution code 1105. Required scores are 90 or higher for the online test and 577 or higher for the paper-based test. Or, the International English Language Testing System(IELTS) is also acceptable. The score must be 7.0 or higher. This test should be sent to the School of Graduate Studies.
  4. Activate your CWRU network ID (if applicable) and register using the Student Information System (SIS). An will send you instructions for that and tell you to look at your online application for the admission decision.


Repeat, Non-degree Registrants

  1. Email a request to your non-degree advisor (Natalie Cowan, Graduate Coordinator) to release the advising hold on your registration.
  2. Register through the Student Information System (SIS), once the hold has been released on your status.


All Registrants

  1. Register for your selected courses in SIS. Go to “Enrolling in Classes” for detailed instructions.
  2. Get necessary Overrides and Permissions.
  3. Meet prerequisites for courses to assure eligibility. Review your Searchable Schedule of Classes.


Case Western Reserve University Employees

The $50 application fee is waived for CWRU employees and, when employees are eligible, tuition may be waived. CWRU employees must know their eligibility status. If financial penalties are incurred because of ineligibility, the CWRU employee must pay such penalties.

Certification for Tuition Waiver forms are available on the 2nd floor of Crawford Hall or online. The waiver tuition and class schedule should be submitted to Human Resources, Crawford Hall, Room 224.