Non-Degree Options


Taking a Class as a Non-degree Student

If you are interested in taking a class or two to get to know Simmons, to fulfill credits, or just to expand your mind, the non-degree option is for you. You can check out which classes are currently offered by browsing our current course listings.

Once you find a class, fill out the non-degree application. Choose “Yes” & “Non-Degree” when picking a Course Type and Student Type, found under Academic Details within the application. Also, Major/Concentration 1 must be “Non-Degree.”

If the course you are interested in has a prerequisite listed, you must submit a transcript as evidence of your completion for that requirement. Unofficial transcripts will fulfill non-degree applicant requirements and can be emailed directly to Kyle Rosa.

Please note:

  • Non-degree classes are subject to a per-credit cost of $1,348
  • Non-degree students can take a maximum of 16 credits


If you are unsure about enrolling in a graduate program, or just want to advance your educational experience, non-degree study at Simmons might be the best option for you. As a non-degree student, you may enroll in up to two graduate-level courses before formally applying to a degree program.

Individuals considering this option are encouraged to contact the Admission office and/or program director for advice on a course of study. This is particularly important if you are planning on applying to a degree program, so that you can verify that the courses you choose will apply towards a degree. Be aware that successful completion of these courses does not guarantee admission into the program.

Registration and Further Details

The registration packets contain all the materials that you will need to enroll and should answer all your questions about registration, tuition, billing, and more. Please be aware that non-degree students are not eligible for Simmons University or federal financial aid. Additionally, please note that non-degree students are not eligible for Simmons University or federal financial aid, but may qualify to borrow a private loan through a bank or credit union or sign up for our tuition payment plan.

Courses in Children's Literature, History, Public Policy, Gender and Cultural Studies, Education, and Behavior Analysis 

For information on auditing courses, please do not hesitate to contact the admissions staff at via email or at 617-521-2915.

Courses in Library and Information Science

For information on auditing Library and Information Science courses, please reach out via email or call 617-521-2868. 

Simmons Alumnae/i Auditing Courses

If you are a Simmons alumnae/i and you're interested in coming back to audit a class (you won't receive a grade), you are eligible to do so at a reduced price. Please refer to our current course listings, fill out the form below, and send it to Kyle Rosa.