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Walden University offers a range of courses for individuals who wish to take one or two courses as non-degree-seeking students. Courses are offered at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels.
Non-degree-seeking students are required to submit an application requesting approval to register for courses as a non-degree-seeking student. An applicant is required to meet the admission requirements for the program in which the course resides and any prerequisites of the intended course. Students concurrently enrolled at another higher education institution are exempt from age requirements for undergraduate admission as non-degree students.
Offers of approval for a non-degree-seeking student to take one or more courses remain in effect for 12 months from the date of the approval offer.
Application materials are available from the non-degree registration team (firstname.lastname@example.org) and must be submitted at least 14 calendar days before the first day of the course.
Note: Students are responsible for fulfilling prerequisites attached to coursework. Please refer to course descriptions for a list of prerequisites.
Non-degree-seeking students may only take up to two courses concurrently, unless prior approval is granted by the executive director of admissions.
With the approval of the executive director of admissions, qualified applicants may register for a maximum of five courses as a non-degree-seeking student. Courses taken by a non-degree-seeking student prior to beginning a Walden degree program will be excluded from the course maximum limit upon completion of the Walden degree program.
Non-degree-seeking students are not permitted to take more than two courses in a certificate program without enrolling into the certificate program.
Student Success courses will not apply toward the course maximum limit.
Non-degree-seeking students may register for any course that is not a capstone as long as it has not been specifically excluded by academic leadership. Capstones include those courses designated specifically as program capstones, doctoral studies, dissertations, and theses. Additional courses that may not be available for non-degree-seeking students include, but are not limited to, internships, practica, or field experiences.
Note: Non-degree-seeking students are not allowed to enroll in a quarter-based course and a semester-based course in the same term. Non-degree-seeking students are also not allowed to enroll in two courses from different degree levels in the same term.
Non-degree-seeking students are responsible for paying the higher technology fee regardless of whether they are enrolled in a quarter- or semester-based course.
Applying for a Degree Program
Approval to take a course as a non-degree-seeking student or the successful completion of one or more courses as a non-degree-seeking student does not constitute admission to a degree program or to the university. Non-degree-seeking students who want to undertake a degree program will be required to apply to and be admitted to the specific degree program.
Credits earned by non-degree-seeking students at Walden may be transferred into a degree program at Walden, subject to the rules outlined by the university transfer requirements that regulate the transfer of credits from other education institutions and those outlined in the Transfer Maximum by Program table.
Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.