Office of the Registrar

Non-Degree Students

Announcements

Students who wish to take one or more courses, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, without applying to and being accepted to a degree program, are non-degree students.  Many students who begin as non-degree apply to and are later accepted into a degree program.

There are several ways to register for classes as a non-degree student and several dates to keep in mind depending on which specific course or courses will best meet your needs.  Seats in many of our highest demand courses are held for our degree students until close to the beginning of each semester.  After a certain date, however, most courses with space remaining will be open to non-degree students.  Non-degree students are subject to the same requirements in terms of prerequisites and departmental permission as our degree students, so it is important to understand the requirements for any course in which you are interested.  For the most part, proving a prerequisite has been met simply involves submitting an unofficial transcript from the school where you took the class.

Fall 2017

Registration 

If you know which course or courses you wish to take, many fall 2017 classes will open for non-degree registration on July 24th.  These are classes offered by our College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS).  CAPS offers online learning, evening, weekend, and off campus courses as well as certificate programs.  These courses are like other UMass Boston courses in terms of substance and faculty, but the registration procedures, fees, and academic calendar dates differ somewhat.  You may review the schedule of courses here and if you find a course that will meet your needs, you may submit a registration request via the online shopping cart you will find as part of the course listing.  Submitting the request will cause us to create a student record for you and get back to you with details regarding your request.  If you have specific questions about a CAPS course, you may reach the college at caps@umb.edu or 617-287-7900.

If the course you wish to take is not being offered by CAPS, there is a slightly different procedure.  Click here to find a complete course listing.

To begin the process of registering for one of our regular session courses, the first step is to complete our online Non-Degree Application

*Please note that your browser must accept cookies to complete the online application.

This application will create a student record for you OR reactivate a record you have from a past semester.  You will receive and email with credentials to access our systems from our IT Department.  This will also include instructions on how to enroll via self-service on WISER, our student information system.  Self-service, online registration will open for all courses on Monday, August 21st, 2017.  If you are not able to register via self-service, you likely will need to either prove a prerequisite, or obtain permission from the individual department or instructor.  You may be issued a permission number, which will allow you to register on WISER.  If you have questions about why you cannot register, or need assistance once you have received permission, always contact the Registrar’s Office.

If you are unsure of which classes to take to help you meet your goals, we do offer advising to non-degree students.  Several non-degree advising and registration sessions will be offered in late August.  It is very important that you have transcripts from any previously attended college or universities with you as well as any AP or CLEP exam scores.  If you would like to attend one of these sessions, where you will receive both academic advising and be able to register, please sign up at the included link AND submit an online Non-Degree Application (see above). 

If none of the scheduled sessions are convenient for you, we also will offer non-degree advising and registration on a walk-in basis on the following schedule:

Advisors will be available at the One-Stop Student Service Center, Campus Center, Upper Level.  Please do submit a Non-Degree Online Application (see above) at least 24 hours in advance. 

Please Note:  Some courses are only open to matriculated degree students.

Placement into Math Courses

Before registering for math courses up through Math 140, computer science courses up through Computer Science 110, or any Quantitative Reasoning course, you must demonstrate your skills by taking a placement test, unless you have completed the appropriate prerequisite course(s) at UMass Boston. See below for more details regarding ALEKS, our online placement test.

Graduate Courses

Registration schedules and approval procedures do vary by program.  Contact the specific department for details regarding individual policies on non-degree student registration.  Complete the online Non-Degree Application above in advance.  Some departments will register you directly if you have an active student record. For more graduate program contact information click here

Academic Regulations for Non-Degree Students

Consult the university's Undergraduate Catalog or Graduate Bulletin for information about academic programs and requirements. The following regulations are of critical importance to non-degree students.

Regulations Undergraduate Graduate
Academic Programs and Policies Undergraduate Catalog

Graduate Bulletin

Minimum GPA required to maintain enrollment 2.0 GPA 3.0 GPA
Pass/Fail Option Up to 8 courses allowed Not Permitted
Maximum # of Non-degree Credits Applied Toward Degree subject to approval Up to 16 credits Up to 6 credits

Testing

We want to be certain that you have the skills you need for success before you take certain introductory courses. We use diagnostic testing to place you in the courses that will serve you best. You may be instructed to take one or both of the following tests. 


The Math Diagnostic Test:

ALEKS Math 

Before registering for math courses up through Math 140, computer science courses up through Computer Science 110, or any Quantitative Reasoning course, you must demonstrate your skills by taking a placement test, unless you have completed the appropriate prerequisite course(s) at UMass Boston.
For information on taking ALEKS Math PPL, our online Math Placement Test, please click here.

The Reading/Writing Diagnostic Test

New degree-seeking students are required to take a diagnostic placement test in reading and writing as part of the orientation process. Non-degree students who wish to take English composition courses (English 101, 101E, 102, and 102E) or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses (ESL 100A through 100F) will be required to have their writing skills tested during your first class session.

For information on taking ALEKS Math PPL, our online Math Placement Test, please click here

Academic Policies

Your Financial Obligations

Billing Deadlines for Dropping or Withdrawing 

If you register for any course, and are accepted into it, you must pay for the course in full unless you:

You will be financially responsible for any course for which you remain registered after the last day of add drop even if you:

NOTE:  There are different add/drop and refund dates for College of Advancing and Professional Studies courses. Please refer to the CAPS Academic Calendar.

Quick References for Answers to Your Questions

One Stop Walk-in Our Specialties
Registrar 617.287.6200 Add Drop; Registration; Residency
Bursar 617.287.5350 Payments; Tuition and Fees
University Advising Center 617.287.5500 Prerequisites, Course Selection, Planning
Testing Center 617.287.5522 Walk-in Math and Reading/Writing Tests 

 

International Students

If you have F-1 visa status, you may not register at UMass Boston as a non-degree student unless you are also registered for a full course of study at the institution that issued your I-20.

If you are not studying full-time at the school that issued your I-20, you are out of status with The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Students on other visa statuses (such as F-2, J-2, H-4, H-1B) usually do not need to be studying full-time or in a degree program. Check the conditions for your particular status. For more information, call the University Advising Center at 617.287.5500.

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