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.
On-line Courses through University Without Walls
How to Enroll
Enrollment information is available through University Without Walls.
On-Campus Courses in Fall and Spring
Submit the Non-Degree Graduate Student Application for On-Campus Courses - instructions and PDF
Fall 2021: What You Need to Know
How to Submit Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination to UMass
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 in the fall and spring semesters, 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.
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.