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Graduate Academic Offerings Database

Continuing Education

Non-Degree / Non-Matriculated Study

Advance your education through the Graduate School at Binghamton University. As a continuing education student, you can:

  • enrich your knowledge base and background
  • explore a field of study before applying to a graduate program
  • take prerequisites in preparation for a degree program

You earn academic credit and receive a grade, but are not enrolled in a degree program.

Students who have earned their bachelor's degree and wish to take courses without entering a degree program must apply to the Graduate School for non-degree study.

Looking for non-credit programs or other continuing education alternatives? Visit the University's Continuing Education website.


Admitted non-degree students may register for graduate or undergraduate classes—and Binghamton offers quite the variety. View the course schedule.

Please note: Some programs limit admission to certain specified classes. It is your responsibility to verify that courses are available for the semester in which you apply. Contact the academic department with your specific class/registration questions.


Non-degree students must complete the non-degree application and be admitted to The Graduate School in order to register for and attend classes.

You can apply to Binghamton University as a non-degree student if you meet these requirements:

  • You have a bachelor's degree (final, official transcript required)
  • You wish to take graduate or undergraduate courses
  • You are not currently enrolled in a degree-granting or certificate program at Binghamton University
  • You are not on an F-1 or J-1 visa

How to apply

Application Deadlines

We recommend you begin the application process at least one month before you seek to enroll in specific coursework. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Late applicants will not be allowed to attend classes and instead should reapply for future semesters.

Term Application Opens Application Closes
Spring Semester November 1 January 30
Summer Session April 15 July 30
Fall Semester June 15 September 5


Tuition and Funding

Non-degree students pay graduate tuition for graduate-level courses, and undergraduate tuition for undergraduate-level courses. They pay graduate student fees whether they take graduate or undergraduate courses. Go to the Student Accounts website to view current tuition and fee rates, and visit the funding policies page for information on financial assistance from the university.

Limited financial aid is available to non-degree students. To apply for financial aid through FAFSA, you will need to fill out the appropriate forms to verify your non-matriculated status.

Credit Limit

Non-degree graduate students may take up to 12 credits total, though some academic departments and schools limit that number further. Any credits taken beyond the 12-credit limit as a non-degree student will not be counted toward earning a degree, should you later matriculate into a graduate degree program.

Students who wish to take more than 12 credits as a non-degree student must sign and submit the Graduate School's Lifelong Learner Contract before they will be able to register for any credits beyond 12.

Degrees and graduate assistantships are not granted to non-degree students.

Seeking a Future Degree or Certificate

If you later decide that you would like to pursue a graduate degree or certificate at Binghamton University, The Graduate School welcomes your application. Depending on the curriculum requirements of a program, some courses taken as a non-degree student may be applied toward a degree. View The Graduate School Manual for details.

Admission to a graduate degree program or certificate requires an application to The Graduate School, formal acceptance, and enrollment. Taking courses as a non-matriculated student does not guarantee admission to a degree-granting program.

View programs and deadlines.

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Last Updated: 6/18/15