Students interested in pursuing course work at the graduate level, but not interested in enrolling in a degree program, may apply for non-degree admission (Special Student Status). Many individuals choose Special Student Status either to explore the seriousness of their interest in studying for an advanced degree and/or to strengthen their credentials for a future degree application. Others are interested in taking graduate course work for personal enrichment or professional development.
Admission for non-degree students is rolling. We do encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible prior to the first day of the semester. As a nondegree applicant you are not required to pay the $75 application fee. However, applicants will need to submit an official, sealed transcript from their undergraduate institution.
Congratulations on being approved to enroll as a Non-Degree student! Your application has been processed and you are now eligible to take courses within the Lynch School. We are happy to guide you through the course registration process and help you select courses that will meet your needs and goals. If you did not identify specific courses that you intend to enroll in from your application, our team will assist you in selecting the courses that best fit your needs. In order to view available courses, you will need to access the Agora portal, which is BC's hub for access to all electronic resources. Information on how to access the Agora portal and how to search for courses is included below. You will need the login credentials that you received in an email confirmation upon submitting your online application.
There is no limit on the number of individual courses that can be taken while classified as a non-degree student. However, it is important to know that a maximum of 4 courses can be applied to a graduate degree, if you choose to apply at some point in the future. Therefore, it is important to remember that, if you intend to pursue a graduate degree in the future and apply these courses to it, you will need to apply and be accepted to the program before enrolling in your fifth course.