Graduate Non-degree Study: Guidelines and Instructions
The School of International Service (SIS) offers graduate non-degree study for students who are interested in pursuing graduate coursework without the commitment of a degree program.
Who Can Apply?
- To apply for non-degree graduate study at SIS, applicants must be either a US citizen, permanent resident, or hold a visa status of A1, A2, G4 or H1. Students holding B1, B2, F1, or J1 visas are not permitted to take classes in non-degree status.
- Applicants must have completed at least a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution.
- Applicants who have been denied admission to a graduate program in SIS are not eligible for non-degree study during the academic year after having been denied admission.
- To review the SIS semester graduate course opportunities and class schedules, please visit the AU Registrar’s Office website at Schedule of Classes . Graduate courses are listed under International Service, begin with the prefix SIS, and have course numbers 500 and above.
Application Process and Deadlines
- The online application for graduate non-degree study must be submitted by the first day of the semester of registration. Visit the Academic Calendar for semester start dates.
- Non-degree applications are kept in reserve until the registration period for degree seeking students has ended. The SIS Graduate Advising office will contact non-degree course applicants shortly before the start of the semester to confirm course availability and registration.
- The SIS Graduate Advising office processes all non-degree students’ initial registrations for each semester.
- Once the initial registration is processed, non-degree students may make changes to their registration for that semester online through the myAU Portal.
- The application for graduate non-degree study must be completed again for each semester in which a student wishes to take non-degree courses at SIS.
- Once registered, non-degree students must follow American University policies on tuition, academic standards, registration deadlines, withdrawals and refunds. The complete Academic Regulations are available on the Registrar’s Office web-page. Please also visit the Academic Calendar for important registration deadlines.
- SIS non-degree course tuition is charged by the credit hour. Non-degree students will be invoiced and may pay their bill through the Student Accounts office.
- Non –degree students may not register for courses that require special permission from the instructor/department or courses that are restricted to a particular degree program.
- Non-degree students who wish to take a course with a pre-requisite must receive written approval from the instructor and provide this documentation to the SIS Graduate Advising office prior to registration.
- Non-degree students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative graduate GPA in order to take courses at SIS.
Applying Non-Degree Coursework at the School of International Service (SIS)
- Students may transfer in up to 12 credits of relevant coursework taken as a non-degree student toward a graduate degree program at SIS. Non-degree students who intend to apply to a graduate program at a future date and wish to discuss potential programs and/or selecting courses towards a particular program of study should contact that SIS Graduate Admissions office at 202-885-1646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Completing coursework in non-degree status does not guarantee admission to a degree program. All non-degree students seeking admission to a degree program must complete the SIS application to a graduate program.
- All graduate courses taken at AU (including non-degree but not courses taken as part of a completed program) will be counted in a students cumulative graduate GPA, even if not counting towards the requirement of a graduate degree program.
SIS Graduate Advising
Graduate Non-Degree Study Application
Please read the guidelines for Graduate Non-Degree Study and visit the AU Schedule of Classes prior to completing this application.