Non-Degree Program


We are excited that you are considering taking a course through our Non-Degree Program. A variety of morning, afternoon, evening and special schedule classes are available to help accommodate students’ personal and professional time commitments.

The Non-Degree Program enables you to register for graduate social work courses as a non-matriculated student. The program is ideal for:

  • Enrolling in courses to lighten your course load before applying to the MSW program
  • Helping to make a career decision about social work
  • Identifying career development courses for human service professionals

Enrollment Information

  • Individuals must have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Students may take courses during the Fall, Spring, Summer and Winter Intersession.
  • A maximum of 6 credits may be taken each semester, except during winter intersession, not to exceed a total of 15 credits.
  • Registration is on a space-available basis.
  • 3-credit courses meet weekly for 2.5 hours for the entire 14 week semester or by special schedule.
  • Non-Degree status does not constitute, guarantee, or imply admission or readmission into any program at UConn.

Transfer of Non-Degree Credits to MSW Program

  • All grades earned of B- or higher will be transferred to the student’s graduate record in their last semester.
  • A maximum of 12 credits can be transferred to your graduate record, no exceptions made.
  • Credits for courses are only valid for 6 years from the intended date of graduation. Students should plan accordingly taking the 6 year limit into consideration.

Non-Degree Program Academic Policy

Effective Fall 2017, to continue studying at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, a non-degree student must maintain a “B” average in courses taken at the School. If, after attempted 6 credits, or having been enrolled in two consecutive semesters, the student has not maintained a “B” average or better (i.e., a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better) permission to continue as a non-degree student at the UConn School of Social Work will be suspended.

View Course Schedule and Search for Classes

Visit the Calendars and Schedules website to view class schedules. Non-Degree courses are indicated with a "ND" in the ND column of the schedule.

Course descriptions can be found within our Course Directory. If advisement is needed on course selection, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at

Apply and Register

To apply and register for Non-Degree coursework click here.

For further information please consider attending an information session or email