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Non-Degree and Special Students

Brandeis University welcomes special and non-degree students. You may be investigating graduate degrees, completing requirements for other degree programs or looking for exciting and challenging courses for personal development. Brandeis offers a full schedule of courses at all levels.

The fee for auditing courses or taking courses for credit is the same. The cost per course for the 2014-2015 academic year is $5,626. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial assistance in the form of loans, though some university scholarships may be available in certain situations. Please e-mail Jaclyn Farina for more information.

Please note: Interested applicants should have an undergraduate degree conferred from an accredited university prior to submitting an application to the GSAS.

Registration Information

Taking courses as a non-degree or special student at Brandeis requires that you follow several steps that must be completed before the end of each term's registration period.

1. Return the following to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Kutz 219):

Note: You must submit all the bulleted items above on or before the first day of class. 

2. Once your application is accepted by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, you must bring a copy of the Instructor Approval Form to the Registrar’s Office to complete the registration process.

3.  Pay for your course(s) in full on or before the final day of registration.Vouchers can be presented at the time of registration.

Please note, you must reapply each academic year to enroll in classes as a non-degree student.You are required to fill out a new Instructor Approval Form each semester or if you add an additional course within a given semester.

Admission to any course is contingent upon: (1) the instructor's approval, (2) fulfillment of any prerequisites and (3) space availability in the course.

Special students are not eligible to participate in the Stafford Loan program.

The best mode of obtaining the course information you need is to visit the registrar's Web site. There you will find the most up-to-date course schedule and the accompanying course descriptions. Lists of available courses are maintained at the respective departmental offices. Departments will also know of any prerequisites that must be met for each course, and the time, days and location of the classes, as well as the instructor's availability to discuss your interest in a particular class. Contact information is available from university directory assistance (781) 736-2000.

Postregistration Refund Information

After registration, the only fee that may be refundable, in part, is the tuition fee. No refund of the tuition fee will be made because of illness, absence or dismissal during the academic year. A student who is withdrawing must notify the Graduate School in writing; refunds will be based on the date of notification and calculated as follows:

  • Withdrawal before the opening day of instruction: full refund of the term's tuition;
  • Withdrawal on or before the second Friday following the opening day of instruction: 75 percent of the term's tuition;
  • Withdrawal on or before the fifth Friday following the opening day of instruction: half of the term's tuition;
  • Withdrawal after the fifth Friday following the opening day of instruction: no refund.
Academic Record as a Special Student

An academic record is maintained for each special student, and the student's work will be graded and recorded in accordance with the prevailing policies of the Graduate School. Credit earned as a special student will be reported, at the student's request, to other institutions. The dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may refuse to reregister any special student whose work is, in the judgment of the dean, unsatisfactory. Each semester, special students must submit to the Graduate School a completed Instructor's Approval Form in order to register for a course.

If you decide in the future to seek admission to a graduate program as a degree candidate, you will be doing so in competition with all other applicants for admission to that program. Admission to graduate study as a degree candidate is highly competitive. Prior status as a special student does not imply any promise of later admission as a degree candidate. If admission is gained as a degree candidate, credits earned as a special student may not necessarily apply toward the degree. Normally, no more than two courses taken for credit may be transferable if the student is admitted to a master's, doctoral or postbaccalaureate program.

International Students and Scholars

Generally, international students are ineligible to apply as a Non-Degree Special Students.  Questions regarding visa status and or eligibility should be referred to the International Students and Scholars Office at (781) 736-3480 or by e-mail. The staff of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will gladly address any concerns that may arise for visiting special students.