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Non-Degree Students

How to Apply

If you are a US citizen or permanent resident with a bachelor's degree who is not seeking a graduate degree and you want to expand your knowledge in a particular area of study, you can enroll in select graduate-level courses at NYU Steinhardt as a Non-Degree student.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the online Non-Degree application a week before the term starts.  To determine when a term starts please review NYU's academic calendar.  As part of your online application, you will be required to submit he following components:

  • A transcript indicating your bachelor's degree was awarded/conferred.
  • If applicable, a signed Department / Program Approval Form.
  • If applicable, a copy of your  Mentor Teacher / Cooperating Teacher / Educational Affiliate status.
  • A brief statement on why you want to take the course(s) in the selected program.
  • Non-refundable $75 application fee, payable via credit card or electronic check via NYU’s payment system.  

If you recently applied to a degree program and were not offered admission, you cannot enroll as a non-degree student. 

Transcript Requirements 

Upload an official copy of your university transcript that indicates the conferral of your bachelor's degree (the degree awarded and the date the degree was awarded/conferred must be present on the transcript), even if your undergraduate degree is from NYU. This is the preferred method.

However, If you request a official transcript from your undergraduate institution to be mailed or submitted electronically to  please allow time for our office to receive and process the transcript to your online application. Please note you will not be able to submit the Non-Degree application without this requirement.  

Returning Non-Degree Students

If you are a returning Non-Degree student you must re-apply by submitting a new application each semester you wish to register. If you previously submitted a transcript along with a hard copy non-degree application (on paper or via pdf), you will need to submit your transcript again via the online application process. However, you do not need to submit a transcript if you previously submitted a transcript using the online non-degree application system.

How to Search for Courses

Please follow these steps to search for courses offered by NYU Steinhardt.  We recommend you do this before you start your non-degree application to determine the program in which your desired course is offered.

  • Go to Albert
  • Select the Public Search Course button
  • Select the appropriate Academic Year
  • Filter by:  Academic Career:  Graduate
  • Filter by School:  NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development - Graduate.  [our courses will have -GE in the title]
  • Then select the program button to see all courses offered for the term.


Policies and Requirements

As a Non-Degree student, you will be limited to a total of 18 credits over the course of your studies and must meet academic standards, which means having at least a 3.00 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) upon application.

Learn more about Non-Degree student policies.

The following Steinhardt programs do not allow Non-Degree student enrollment and will not be an available option in the online application:

  • Art Therapy
  • Communicative Sciences and Disorders
  • Instrumental Performance (including music lessons)
  • Music Business
  • Music Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Piano Performance
  • Studio Art
  • Vocal Performance
  • Online Programs:
    • Counseling@NYU
    • Teacher Residency, Secondary Education
    • OT@NYU
    • Speech@NYU

If you are interested in enrolling as a Non-Degree student in a course in one of the following graduate programs, you must meet with a departmental advisor and upload a completed and signed departmental approval form to the online application where prompted. Contact them via the information provided below: