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.
Please check back later this spring for Fall 2018 details
- If you know which course or courses you wish to take, many Spring 2018 classes opened for non-degree registration on November 6th. 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 should review the schedule of courses 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 the shopping cart as part of the course listing. Complete CAPS Course Offerings. 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 email@example.com or 617.287.7900.
If the course you wish to take is not being offered by CAPS, there is a slightly different procedure. A complete course listing, including non-CAPS courses, is available by searching our Course Wizard. Seats in our regular courses are held for our degree students until just prior to the start of each semester and registration for these courses will not open until then, but to begin the process of requesting one of our regular session courses, the first step is to complete our online Non-Degree Application. This application will create a student record for you OR reactivate a record you have from a past semester. You will receive an 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 January 8, 2018. 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 would like assistance from an academic advisor, walk-in advising and registration is available between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on the following days:
- Tuesday, January 16th - Friday, January 19th
- Monday, January 22nd - Friday, January 26th
- Monday, January 29th
In the University Advising Center, 1st floor, Campus Center building
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Please Note: Some courses are only open to matriculated degree students.
- College of Nursing and Health Sciences: Courses are not open for non-degree registration.
- College of Management: Limited courses open for non-degree registration. Please review their registration policies for non-degree students.
- “G” courses: Any 100 or 200 level course with a “G” designation is restricted to degree students only.
- English 101 and 102 courses: Spaces are opened during non-degree registration for a limited number of sections ONLY. Most sections are not open to non-degree students. The College of Advancing and Professional Studies sections ARE open to non-degree students throughout registration.
- Lab sciences: Courses are open to non-degree students who have completed appropriate pre-requisites, but many sections are filled prior to the start of non-degree registration. Please check availability before submitting a registration request.
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.
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.
|Academic Programs and Policies||Undergraduate Catalog||
|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|
- If your cumulative average at the end of any semester has fallen below the required level, you will not be permitted to take UMass Boston courses in future semesters. The cumulative average will be based on grades for all UMass Boston courses that you have taken as a non-degree student at any time.
- If you are admitted to an undergraduate degree program, you may count as many as 16 credits earned as a non-degree student toward the degree, subject to the approval of the appropriate academic dean.
- Any undergraduate student may choose to take one course per semester or summer on a pass/fail basis, up to a maximum of eight. The course must be chosen before the appropriate pass/fail deadline in the academic calendar. If you successfully complete the course, it will count toward degree requirements.
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:
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 Writing Assessment
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.
- Non-degree ESL students are encouraged to have their writing skills evaluated before registering
- For information regarding The Writing Assessment click here.
- ESL students who are taking courses in the English Language Study Program at the College of Advancing and Professional Studies must meet different testing requirements. Call the College of Advancing and Professional Studies at 617.287.7876
- You are expected to attend all scheduled classes. The instructor has the right to exclude you from a course if you are absent from the first two or more classes, regardless of the registration deadline.
- If you do not attend a course or are asked to leave, you must officially drop or withdraw from the course to avoid a failing grade.
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:
- Drop the course by the last day of add drop, or
- Withdraw from all your courses early enough to be eligible for a refund mailed to you automatically
You will be financially responsible for any course for which you remain registered after the last day of add drop even if you:
- Withdraw from all your courses after the fifth week of classes
- Withdraw from the individual course after the last day of add drop
- Receive a grade of "NA"
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|
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.