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.
Students seeking a degree may take up to 28 credits as a non-degree student before a BA application is required. Exceptions can be made by petition to the academic team for students seeking coursework for personal enrichment or other reasons.
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.
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.
To begin the process to enroll as a Non-Degree student, please select Non-Degree Coursework in the drop down menu of the WCAS Program Information tab on the left side of the general online application.
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. Non-degree courses are intended to count towards a full MS program as long as successfully completed.
If you have further questions, please contact Claudia Pouravelis for more information.
“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.”