Mason offers a wide variety of non-degree programs that help students prepare for college, explore graduate study, develop new skills, or pursue a personal interest. Whether you’re a high school student, visiting from another university, or thinking about a graduate degree, Mason has the right program for you!
The application for non-degree study is intended to be easy to complete. Admissions standards for non-degree study are the same as admission to degree programs. Non-degree students may take up to 10 credits of coursework each semester and are often able to apply these credits to a future degree program. For undergraduates, a maximum of 18 credits may be transferred to a degree program. For graduate programs, a maximum of 12 credits may be considered for transfer. Please see the graduate non-degree page for more information.
While most classes are open to non-degree students, some fields are restricted to degree-seeking students. Please review the list of restricted fields before applying for a non-degree program.
|Fall Semester||August 1|
|Spring Semester||December 1|
|Summer Session A||May 1 *|
|Summer Session B||May 21 *|
|Summer Session C||June 18 *|
* For more information about summer schedules and registration, visit the Summer page.
For full consideration, please ensure your application is submitted and documents postmarked by our priority deadline.
- Prepare for College
Get a jump start on your college career during your junior or senior year of high school.
- Visit From Another College/University
Whether you want to take a course over the summer or would like transfer credit to another university, Mason’s the place to be.
- Explore Graduate Study
Are you thinking about starting a graduate program, but want to find out if it’s right for you?
- Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Programs
Mason offers a number of certificates for students interested in undergraduate or graduate coursework who do not wish to complete a full degree program.
- Senior Citizen Enrollment
Explore non-degree courses for personal enrichment through Virginia’s Senior Waiver program.