What non-degree study options are available, who should apply, and how?
The following categories exist for non-degree/special students:
Non-degree/Special — Qualified persons who are not interested in a degree program but who wish only to take certain courses may be permitted to register as special students, provided facilities are available.
A complete application is required just as if applying to a graduate degree program.
Should a special student decide to apply for a degree program later, no more than 15 points of graduate engineering courses may be counted toward the M.S. degree.
One-Term Special — This category exists primarily for those who are interested in a particular field, but are uncertain if they would like to complete an entire degree program and those who have begun the application process but need more time to fulfill all application requirements.
One-term special students are allowed to register for a maximum of six graduate credits. Students who take courses through the one-term special and who later matriculate are usually allowed to apply those credits to their graduate engineering degree program with faculty approval. Before registration confirm that the courses will be applicable to that program.
Registration for one-term special students generally takes place within the first week of registration for the given term. Students interested in applying to the one-term special program must come to the Office of Graduate Student Affairs, 254ET S.W. Mudd, 500 West 120th Street to complete the One-Term Special Application and to submit the appropriate application fee. For additional information on this program you may call (212) 854-6456 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Columbia Video Network (CVN) / Distance Learning — Individuals who find it difficult or impossible to attend classes on the Columbia campus may be able to receive instruction from the School through the Columbia Video Network without leaving their work sites. Individuals interested in this program should read the section describing the CVN programs on the CVN Website.
School of Continuing Education — Visiting undergraduate, graduate, and high school students with qualifying academic records are welcome to study on a non-degree basis at Columbia through the School of Continuing Education during the academic year and summer.
Studying at Columbia during the academic year or summer offers access to hundreds of credit-bearing, challenging academic courses across all of the departments of the Arts and Sciences, taught by Columbia's eminent faculty. Visiting students study with matriculated Columbia graduate and undergraduate students and are granted the use of the University's resources, including the libraries and athletic facilities. The School of Continuing Education's Office of Student Affairs provides visiting students with guidance and academic advising and helps them navigate the University.