Nondegree Study: Opportunities to Take Individual Courses

You can take courses with Empire State College even if you’re not pursuing a degree. Nondegree, or nonmatriculated, study is a great way to:

  • experience or prepare for college-level study
  • stay current in your field
  • earn credit toward a degree at another college or university
  • improve your skills
  • train for employment.

How to Become a Nondegree Student

Nondegree study is possible at all levels of study offered by the college. Review the options below to learn about what is available and how to enroll for the kind of nondegree study that interests you.

Associate or Bachelor’s Level

To enroll as a nondegree student at the associate or bachelor’s level, please complete the brief online Application for Nondegree Study.

Before you apply, you may wish to browse the catalog of courses coming up across the college in the next 12 months. If you prefer, you can also view just the online course offerings. Please note, actual course offerings in any term depend on available space and resources.

Master’s Level

If you already hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, you may enroll in nondegree study at the master’s level. Visit the Graduate Nondegree Study page to learn more.

Nursing

Licensed registered nurses are eligible to take nursing courses as a nondegree student. For details, visit the Nursing Nondegree Study page.

Things to Note About Nondegree Study

  • Courses are available across our areas of study and do carry credits.
  • Courses are available as space and resources allow.
  • Financial aid is not available for nondegree study.
  • Nondegree courses may be later applied toward a degree at Empire State College, but only if approved.
  • A response to receipt of meningococcal disease information is required for enrollments of 6 or more credits. Complete part I of the Student Immunization Record Form and submit the signed form to the Admissions Office.