Nondegree Students

Nondegree students are vital to Woods College and Boston College, enriching the classroom and our communities. They come to Woods to learn new skill sets, improve their understanding of specific disciplines, and complete certificate programs. Some may also be looking to try out a subject before committing to a program or enhance their academic track record.

Many of our B.A. students find starting as a nondegree student helpful in transitioning to college. Courses you take as a nondegree student at Woods will transfer to our B.A. program.

We consider any student who is not enrolled in a program leading to a B.A. or master’s degree to be a nondegree student. Non-U.S. citizens and non-residents whose immigration status require Boston College to issue an I-20 are not eligible for nondegree status.

Most Woods undergraduate courses are open to you (with certain exceptions for courses in specific degree or certificate programs). We recommend that you consult with an academic advisor before registering for courses.

As a nondegree student, you are not eligible for need-based or merit-based financial aid from Boston College or for most federally and state-funded assistance plans. (See specific assistance programs for exceptions.)

However, your nondegree work may qualify for reimbursement under employer-sponsored tuition remission development programs. We’re happy to work with you and your employer to see if our nondegree offerings qualify for assistance. Contact a member of our academic advising team for more information.

Where do I start?

Step 1

Take a course

View catalog

Step 2

Meet with an advisor

Contact our advisors

Step 3

Apply

View majors

 

Step 4

Earn BC degree

Additional Information

If you’re enrolled in a master’s-level certificate program, you should register only for courses that apply to your specific program requirements. If you’re not enrolled in a certificate program, you can register for specifically designated courses only. 

As a nondegree student, you are not eligible for need-based or merit-based financial aid from Boston College or for most federally and state funded assistance plans. (See specific assistance programs for exceptions.) However, your nondegree work may qualify for reimbursement under employer-sponsored tuition remission development programs. We’re happy to work with you and your employer to see if our nondegree offerings qualify for assistance.

See below for more information about courses that are offered for nondegree students as well as for the contact information of each program's academic team.

If you have further questions, please contact Claudia Pouravelis for more information.

Testing the waters

Being able to take classes as a nondegree student at the Woods College allowed me to test the waters and see if the fit was right. Halfway through the semester, I felt at home with the faculty and staff and applied to enter the graduate program. I am looking forward to continuing my pursuit of a master's degree at the Woods College and know I made the best decision for me.
Cory Stephens, Student in the MSLA program