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Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Students

A non-degree graduate student is one who has a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and wishes to take at least one graduate course for one or more of the reasons listed below. Students who wish to take an undergraduate course as a non-degree student must apply as an undergraduate.

To apply for admission, choose the appropriate application at

Most LAS graduate programs allow students to take courses as non-degree students.

Why take a course as a non-degree graduate student?

  • Personal interest
  • Professional development
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Undecided on degree program
  • Missed degree program deadline
Minimum requirements to be admitted as a non-degree graduate student:
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Academic achievement in undergraduate work indicating a capacity to succeed in graduate course work (minimum 2.50/4.00 cumulative GPA)
  • Approval by the director of graduate admission
Apply online at
    • Select Graduate "Degree and Non-Degree"
    • On page 4 of the application under "Program Choice" select "College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences"
    • In the alphabetical list choose "Non-Degree Personal Interest"
Submit official transcripts to:

Office of Graduate Admission
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
DePaul University
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-3936

If available electronically, official transcripts can be sent from the issuing institution to

Once all documents are received, applicants can expect to receive a decision within three business days.

Your first step is to log into your application portal and complete the "Intent to Enroll" form. Submitting this form notifies the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences that you intend to enroll at DePaul for the quarter stated in your offer of admission letter. When we receive your Intent to Enroll, your student record will be activated. After we process your form, you will receive an email acknowledging your intent to enroll.

If your program requires additional steps, please follow the instructions on your offer of admission letter.
Academic advising and course selection for non-degree seeking graduate students is a collaborative effort between the assistant director of the LAS Graduate Student Services Office and graduate program directors. Permission is required to register for specific courses at the graduate level. Please contact the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Student Services Office at or (773) 325-4008 for information regarding course registration.
Non-degree graduate students are charged at the regular graduate tuition rate. Click here for the current tuition rate. Financial aid is not available to non-degree students. However, the Double Demon Scholarship of 25% will be awarded to DePaul alumni. Complete information about the Double Demon Scholarship including some exclusions is available here under Alumni.
For admission questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-7315 or  For registration questions, please contact the LAS Graduate Student Services Office at or (773) 325-4008.