Our nondegree option allows students to earn academic credit without enrolling in a degree program. 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 and improve their understanding of specific disciplines. Nondegree students may also be looking to try out a subject before committing to a program or enhance their academic track record. Please note, non-degree students are only eligible to take courses through the Woods College of Advancing Studies.
Many of our B.A. students find starting as a nondegree student helpful in transitioning to college. For nondegree students who later enroll in a B.A. program, the credits earned as a nondegree student will be counted toward your B.A. degree.
Please note, Non-U.S. citizens and non-residents whose immigration status requires Boston College to issue an I-20 are not eligible for nondegree status.
Students may take 16 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. Additionally, nondegree students are limited to two courses per semester.
Most Woods undergraduate courses are open to you (with certain exceptions for courses in specific degree or certificate programs). Most Woods College of Advancing Studies undergraduate courses are open to nondegree students. Before registering, students must meet with an advisor.
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, you (your) non-degree 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 non-degree offerings qualify for assistance. Contact a member of our admissions team for more information.
Our Admissions Counselors
To be considered for admission, applicants are responsible for submitting all necessary application materials by the designated program deadline (see below). There is no application fee for nondegree status.
High School Diploma or equivalency (transcript not required for nondegree students, but by completing this application, you are certifying you hold a high school diploma or equivalency)
Only applicants holding an F2 visa are eligible to apply as nondegree students.
Please Mail Application Materials To:
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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.
Tuition for the Academic Year 2023-2024 is $1,370 per credit.
To begin the process to enroll as a Non-Degree student, please select the appropriate Non-Degree Coursework option from the Program Information section of the Graduate 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.
Our Admissions Counselors
“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. ”