Students who are not enrolled in a degree program at the university may enroll in courses as nondegree students. Students who have completed a bachelor's degree and meet the School's criteria for nondegree study may enroll in SOC courses.
Students must meet the pre-requisites, as described in the University Catalog, for each course before registering. To apply for nondegree status submit a nondegree application, cover letter (including course choices), resume and copies of transcripts from universities you have attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
Students not eligible for nondegree status: students in the following categories ordinarily may not register in nondegree status:
- Students currently enrolled as degree students in any of the member institutions of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
- Students who have been admitted to and have not completed a degree program at American University.
- Students who have been dismissed from American University or another college or university within the previous 12 months.
- International students in F-1 or J-1 status.
- Students who do not meet the SOC's English language requirement.
Nondegree students are held to the same academic standards as degree students. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 (B) average.
Admission to Degree Status
Students wishing to transfer from nondegree status, at American University, to graduate degree status must submit a formal application for admission. However, enrollment as a graduate nondegree student does not guarantee acceptance into a degree program. Up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level course work taken in nondegree status may be applied towards a graduate degree program. For information on nondegree coursework in the Digital Certificate program, please contact Jodi Tirengel at email@example.com. Please note the certificate program accepts only 3 credits of course work taken in nondegree student status.
To apply to a SOC graduate degree or certificate program, students must submit an application, supporting documents, and any required test scores to the graduate office.
Paying for Nondegree Classes
Students may pay for nondegree classes by check or money order at the Office of Students. More information about payment is available on the Registrar's page.
Unfortunately, students in nondegree status are not covered by Federal Financial Aid. To qualify for Federal Aid, students must be enrolled in a degree program.