Non-Degree

University Certificate Programs

University Certificates will show up on your CWRU transcript as a Degree Awarded. Check out the available Graduate Certificate programs.

Students who have completed their 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. Natalie Cowan, Graduate Coordinator in the School of Graduate Studies is the advisor for all non-degree students and approves all registrations, drop/adds, withdrawals, and removes holds.

Refer to the Registrar's Office SIS Resources for help registering for classes through the Student Information System (SIS). Tuition information is available through Student Financial Services; non-degree students pay graduate tuition even if taking an undergraduate course.

Application Process

Anyone wishing to take non-degree or certificate courses should apply through the online application system and pay the $50 non-refundable application fee. You will be informed by email when the application has been processed. The application fee is waived for Case Western Reserve University employees. For more information about employee applications, see the bottom of this page.

Regular Non-Degree applicants

* As a non degree student, you are only taking a few courses and are not part of any specific program. The deadline to apply for Fall is August 15, for Spring is January 1 and for Summer is May 1.

  • Complete the online application. On the application, under Personal Data choose Applicant Type: Non-Degree. On the Non Degree Application Form choose Applicant Type: Non Degree.
  • You must submit official transcripts from your highest degree earned to the School of Graduate Studies in order to have your application processed.
  • If you are an international student, you will need to submit a passing TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE language score. For information, see our Language Scores section.
  • Once the application, official transcripts, and language scores (if applicable) are received, you will then receive an email from the School of Graduate Studies to inform you of your admission decision.
  • You must send official transcripts with at least a bachelors degree conferred in order for your application to be processed. Send transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies electronically to gradtranscripts@case.edu or by mail to:

    Case Western Reserve University
    School of Graduate Studies, Tomlinson 203
    10900 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Classics certificate

* To prepare students for graduate work in classics and related fields such as philosophy, art history and medieval studies. Solidify language skills and gain experience in reading large quantities of Greek and/or Latin at an advanced speed. See the program website for more information; this is just an overview. The deadline to apply is April 19th for Fall semester. Note that this is not a University Certificate. The courses will show up on your transcript, but not a conferred certificate. The certificate is awarded by the department. 

  • Complete the online application. On the application, under Personal Data choose Applicant Type: Non-Degree. On the Non Degree Application Form choose Applicant Type: Certificate in Classics.
  • Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the online application. If officially accepted, you will need to send official transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Applicants must submit a personal statement.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation are required.
  • GRE scores can be considered but are not required, you can upload your score report onto the application; if officially accepted, you must submit officially through ETS.

Clinical Research (CRSP) graduate certificate

* Offered through the Case School of Medicine, this certificate consists of 4 courses totaling 11-credit hours are designed for clinicians and health science professionals to gain knowledge in conducting clinical research. See the program website for more information; this is just an overview. The deadline to apply for Fall is July 31st and Summer is May 15th. Note that this is not a University Certificate. The courses will show up on your transcript, but not a conferred certificate. The certificate is awarded by the department.

  • Complete the online application. On the application, under Personal Data choose Non Degree Applicant Type: Non-Degree. On the Non Degree Application Form choose Applicant Type: Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research (CRSP).
  • Upload a personal statement.
  • Upload a resume or CV.
  • You only need to upload an unofficial transcript onto the application, if officially accepted, you will need to send official transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • If you are an international student, you will need to submit a passing TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE language score. For information, see our Language Scores section. 
  • The department will review your application and recommend admission; you will receive an email from the School of Graduate Studies to inform you of your admission decision.

Clinical Research Fellow (CRF)

* Postdoctoral audit program for individuals associated with a CWRU affiliated institution (University Hospitals, MetroHealth, Cleveland Clinic) to take CRSP 401. This course does not go toward a program or certificate. See the program website for more information; this is just an overview. The deadline to apply is May 31st for Fall semester. 

  • Complete the online application. On the application, under Personal Data choose Applicant Type: Non-Degree. On the Non Degree Application Form choose Applicant Type: Clinical Research Fellow. No language scores, GRE, letters of recommendation or transcripts are required. 
  • The department will review your application and recommend admission; you will receive an email from the School of Graduate Studies to inform you of your admission decision.

Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

* Designed to support recent diverse college graduates who are preparing for a career in biomedical research. See the program website for more information; this is just an overview. The deadline to apply is March 15th for Fall semester. 

  • Complete the online application. On the application, under Personal Data choose Applicant Type: Non-Degree. On the Non Degree Application Form choose Applicant Type: Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program.
  • A PREP Supplemental section of the application will open on the left side.
  • Upload a personal statement.
  • Upload a resume or CV.
  • Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the online application. If officially accepted, you will need to send official transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation are required.
  • The department will review your application and recommend admission; you will receive an email from the School of Graduate Studies to inform you of your admission decision.

-- Course Requirements and Transferring Credit --

  • 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 later transfer coursework into a graduate degree seeking program should seek early advice from the program where they intend to apply. This will ensure that courses taken as non-degree students will satisfy departmental requirements.
  • Students should not assume that entering as a non-degree will later grant 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 transfer to a graduate program. 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 continuing into a degree program need to have completed 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 apply online and be formally accepted into the graduate degree program by the School of Graduate Studies.
  • 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.

-- 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.

-- 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 of tuition and class schedule should be submitted to Human Resources, Crawford Hall, Room 224. For more info about the tuition benefits for employees and eligibility, see the Human Resources Tuition Benefits page here or see a visual snapshot of the tuition policy here