Non-Degree Students

Boston University School of Public Health (SPH) welcomes public health professionals, Boston University employees, students who recently completed their undergraduate education, mid-career professionals from other disciplines, and others who are interested in the field of public health, to explore and register for a course or courses at the School of Public Health. The minimum required educational preparation is an earned bachelor’s degree. Some reasons to consider taking a course at SPH are to:

  • Take advantage of tuition reimbursement programs offered by some employers
  • Explore the field of public health
  • Enjoy flexible part-time scheduling

For registration and scheduling information, please view the Non-Degree Students Registration packets linked below.

Registration Dates

Spring 2015 registration began on Monday, November 17, 2014. Forms will be accepted up until 5:00 pm pn Friday, January 2, 2015.

Registration Packets, Schedules, and Forms

Please review the Registration Packet.  Non-Degree registration forms are submitted to the SPH Registrar’s Office through the online Spring 2015 Non-Degree Registration Form. 

Please allow at least three weeks for Non-Degree Student registrations to be processed once you have submitted a registration form.

Overview of the Non-Degree Student Program

The Non-Degree Student program at the Boston University School of Public Health is designed to allow students who are not currently matriculated into a degree program at Boston University, to take School of Public Health (SPH) courses. Although Non-Degree Students are not required to provide formal proof of previous academic or professional experience, they are held to the same high standard of excellence as all students at SPH.  Non-degree students must hold an earned bachelor’s degree awarded before the first day of of the semester in which they hope to register.  They must be eligible to take classes as a part time student.    Non-degree students cannot be considered full-time students at SPH.

Taking a course as a Non-Degree Student is very similar to taking a course as a degree candidate. Non-Degree Students must meet course pre-requisites, follow the same academic policies, and pay the same tuition and fees as any part-time degree candidate at the SPH. Non-Degree Students are not eligible for some of the benefits of degree students, such as tutoring and writing assistance.  Non-degree students are also not eligible for federal financial aid or federal education loans.

Non-Degree Students are allowed to complete two classes before matriculating to SPH and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions for more information regarding admissions policies and deadlines.  Non-degree students who have already completed two classes must petition Chris Paal (cpaal@bu.edu), who will work with the Office of Admissions to determine if additional coursework will be allowed.