Enhance your current skillset at work, test out a new career direction, or explore a personal interest! If you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited, four-year institution, then you may be eligible to take graduate-level courses as a non-degree student.
How to Register
Once you have applied, you will then receive an email with a Net ID and password to register for your classes using SPIRE, our online student information system. Use SPIRE’s "Search Classes/Catalog” function to access course information.
When to Register
For non-degree students taking on-campus university courses, registration begins one week before classes start. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the most up-to-date information. If you are unable to self-register for a graduate-level course contact the academic department to determine if you are eligible.
Spring 2021 Courses
All courses that do not require physical presence on campus will be offered remotely. The Spring 2021 course schedule includes a limited number of essential face-to-face classes. Students who enroll in a face-to-face class are required to sign the UMass Community Agreement and participate in the COVID-19 testing program.
Courses through University Without Walls
How to Enroll
Enrollment information is available through University Without Walls.
Applying Courses Toward a Degree
Course credits earned as a non-degree graduate student do not accumulate toward a graduate degree at this university. However, if you are later admitted to a graduate degree program, a maximum of six (6) graduate credits earned as a non-degree student may be applied to that program. This requires a favorable recommendation by the appropriate Graduate Program Director and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.