Non-Degree Student

Taking Courses as a Non-Degree Student

In some situations, students may be eligible to take courses as a non-degree or non-matriculated student.Only certain courses are open to non-matriculated students, so please check with our office.

To register, you must still apply for non-degree status. The application is through the Graduate Studies portal ( The following items apply:

  • Official transcripts are required.
  • Test scores (GRE, TOEFL) and letters of recommendation are  NOT REQUIRED.
  • Personal Statement is required.
  • Resumé is required.

Transcripts are needed to demonstrate that you have taken the pre-requisites (at Rutgers or elsewhere) for any courses for which you wish to register. When your application has been approved, we will provide you with special permission numbers or pre-requisite overrides for course registration, a process with which our office can provide assistance; in addition, you may need to contact a course instructor directly for permission to register for his or her course. Even if you are interested in taking just one course, you must apply as a non-degree. You must have an RU-ID # in order to register for courses.

Please go here for instructions on how to apply as a non-degree student. 

There is a limit on the number of credits you can take as a non-degree student which can later be redesignated for degree credits. NOD students can take a maximum of 12 credits in a NOD capacity (only science courses, not business courses). Once you've reached the limit of credits, you must apply to the MBS Degree. The GRE exam is required (please click here for FREE prep courses) as well as 3 letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and a personal statement.

*Students enrolled in another department who wish to enroll in the Certificate in Science & Technology Management, will have to first apply to the program and be accepted. They will be coded under the department they are studying as a graduate student and later have (885 Certificate in Science & Technology Management) added to their transcripts.