Non-Degree Application

Some professionals are looking to take a course to improve a specific area of their work or test-drive Rensselaer’s Education for Working Professionals program.

We recommend you to consider topics that directly apply to your job and projects that can make a difference in your approach at work. To discuss which courses might serve you best, schedule a Professional Consultation.

Completing a Non-Degree Application:

  1. Send a copy of your bachelor's (or highest degree) transcripts to gradadmissions@rpi.edu or mail them to:
    • Admissions Building
      Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
      110 8th Street
      Troy, NY 12180-3590
  2. Complete the Graduate Application for Non-Matriculated Study form.
  3. Identify the nature of your interest – future matriculation, taking a single course, or trialing a course.
  4. Upon application approval, you will receive an email confirming your course registration.
  5. Your Faculty Advisor will then contact you with details you will need leading up to the start of class.

Graduate Non-Matriculated Study Requirements:

  • The minimum requirement for admission to a graduate course is the completion of and the award of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree or the U.S. equivalent.
  • Admission to a course as a non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) student is based on the applicant’s related academic and professional qualifications as well as space availability for the specific course(s) requested.
  • Up to 12 credit hours of non-degree study can be applied to a graduate degree program, or 6 credit hours toward a graduate certificate.

Benefits of Non-Matriculated Study:

  • Take just one course and experience the difference in your job in just four months.
  • Test-drive one Education for Working Professionals course to see how it fits your goals at work and your busy life.
  • Network with other like-minded working professionals throughout the U.S. who are leading change and making a difference.
  • Completed non-matriculated coursework with a grade of B or better can be used towards an applicable graduate degree or certificate.
  • Most employer benefits cover payment of non-matriculated coursework.
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