Brandeis University welcomes applications from special (non-degree seeking) students who have already earned an undergraduate degree. 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 2020-2021 academic year is $6,492. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial assistance, though they may be able to apply for some private loans.

The best mode of obtaining the course information you need is to visit the registrar's website. 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.

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

Registration Information

To take courses as a special student you must complete the following steps before the end of each term's registration period.

  1. Submit the three items below to Carrie Robertson.
  2. Pay for your course(s) in full on or before the final day of registration.

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.

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

Brandeis University does not provide visa sponsorship for Non-Degree Special Students.  For questions, please contact the International Students and Scholars Office at 781-736-3480 or by email.