If you’re interested in taking a course or two to get a head start at UMSON, to fulfill credits, or for personal or professional enrichment, you can register as a Coursework Only (non-degree) student.
How Coursework Only (CWO) Status Works:
- You may take a maximum of two courses under this status.
- You can count up to two courses toward a future degree (must earn a minimum of "B" to apply toward degree).
- You can also use this option as a way to get a jump start on your coursework (for example, an admitted student could take CWO prior to starting classes in the fall).
- Space is limited in many courses and degree-seeking students get priority registration.
- CWO status does not qualify students for federal, state, or institutional financial aid.
Students are eligible for a maximum of two non-clinical graduate courses (500- level nursing courses excluded), that are regularly open to degree-seeking graduate students and may take two additional courses after acceptance of an admission offer to a UMSON program. No more than two courses of graduate coursework, taken as a non-degree student at UMSON without an admission offer, may apply to a degree. A CWO student who wishes to earn full-degree status later must submit a second application to UMSON and follow all admission policies for full-degree status applicants. Once a student has accepted an offer of admission to a degree program the student may take two additional courses (a total of four courses) prior to the date of program matriculation. The four courses taken as CWO may be used toward degree if part of degree course requirements.
Many students take advantage of CWO status to get a feel for what pursuing a graduate degree at UMSON will be like and to demonstrate their ability to be successful here. However, CWO status and performance in CWO courses does not guarantee admission to a degree program. If you plan to enroll in an UMSON degree program in the future, you must submit a new application and follow all admission policies.
We recommend reviewing our academic programs to explore the many ways we can help you achieve your educational goals.