Non-Degree Students

Non-Degree Application - Submit your transcripts

Applying as a Regular Non-Degree? Make sure to send your official transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies so we can process your application. We are unable to deliver an admission letter without having your official transcripts on file from your highest degree earned. Note: CWRU employees do not need to submit transcripts. 

Non-Degree to Degree-Seeking

If you are looking to take courses now and transfer them to a degree program later, check with the department you intend to apply to. They can advise which courses might be the best prep, satisfy the prerequisites, or transfer into the program. See a list of our degree programs offered within the School of Graduate Studies.

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 and withdrawals.

Refer to the Registrar's Office for course scheduling through the Student Information System (SIS). Tuition information is available through Student Financial Services.

Application Process

Anyone wishing to take non-degree courses should apply through the online application system and pay the $50 non-refundable application fee. You must send official transcripts 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

You will be informed by email when the application has been processed. Within 1-2 weeks after you have been accepted you will receive your CWRU Network ID to activate. Activating your ID does not mean that you can automatically enroll in classes, you must wait until you have been matriculated into the Student Information System. Check with Graduate Studies to determine when your file will be matriculated. Case Western Reserve University employees do not need to submit degree verification and their application fee is waived.

Regular Non-degree applicants

* As a non degree student, 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. Submit official transcripts from your highest degree earned 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.
  • Once the application, transcripts, and language scores (if applicable) are received, you will receive an email from the School of Graduate Studies to inform you of your admission decision.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research (CRSP) Non-degree applicants

* 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 1 and summer is May 15.

  • 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). No GRE or letters of recommendation are required to apply, but you will need to upload a personal statement and resume. You only need to upload an unofficial transcript onto the application, you do not need to submit official transcripts. 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) Non-degree applicants

* 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 15. 

  • 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.

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.

Steps for Registration

First-time, regular Non-degree Applicants

  1. If accepted, you will need to activate your CWRU Network ID (unless you already have a network ID) and register online using the Student Information System (SIS). 

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. Once the hold has been released, register through the Student Information System (SIS).

All Registrants

  1. Register for your selected courses in the Student Information System (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 of tuition and class schedule should be submitted to Human Resources, Crawford Hall, Room 224. For more info about the tuition benefits for employees, see the Human Resources Tuition Benefits page here