Nondegree Study: Opportunities to Take Individual Courses

You can take courses with Empire State University even if you’re not pursuing a degree. Nondegree (sometimes called nonmatriculated) study is a great way to:

  • Prepare for university-level study
  • Stay current in your field
  • Earn credit toward a degree at another college or university
  • Improve your skills
  • Train for employment

How to Become a Nondegree Student

Nondegree study is possible at all levels of study offered by the university. 

Before you apply, browse the Course Catalog for courses offered across the university in the next year. Or view our Term Guide for courses offered in specific terms. Course offerings in any term depend on available space and resources.

Associate or Bachelor’s Level

Apply now to be a nondegree undergraduate student at the associate or bachelor’s level. There is no application fee. To register as a nondegree undergraduate student, visitUndergraduate Visiting and Nondegree Lifelong Learning.

Master’s Level

If you already have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, you can enroll in nondegree study at the graduate level. Visit our Graduate Nondegree Study page to learn more.


Licensed registered nurses are eligible to take nursing courses as a nondegree student. For details, visit our Nursing Nondegree Study page.


  • Courses do carry credit.
  • Courses are available as space and resources allow.
  • Financial aid is not available for nondegree study.

Nondegree courses may be applied toward a future degree at Empire State University, if approved.


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Even if you’re not pursuing a degree, you can take courses to prepare for college-level study, stay current in your field or improve your job skills.