Information for Non-Degree Applicants

Non-degree status is available to students who wish to enroll in a class without applying to a degree program. Each of SP2’s Master’s programs allow non-degree students to enroll in some courses.

Course Eligibility

Master of Social Work
Non-degree students are permitted to take up to 6 courses in the MSW program. Due to the clinical nature of many of the MSW courses, not all classes will be appropriate for non-matriculating students. Course interest is reviewed on a case-by-case basis with the Associate Director of Academic Affairs before non-degree students register for classes. In some situations, degree-seeking students receive priority for course enrollment and, therefore, those classes may be closed to non-degree students.

Master of Science in Social Policy
Non-degree students are permitted to take up to 2 courses in the MSSP program. All MSSP courses are available to non-degree students; priority for course registration, however, is given to MSSP degree-seeking students. Please contact the Associate Director of the MSSP Program to request more information about MSSP course availability.

Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership
Non-degree students are permitted to take up to 2 courses in the NPL program. All NPL courses are available to non-degree students except for NPLD 785 and NPLD 791. Priority for course registration is given to NPL degree-seeking students. For more information, contact the Associate Director of the NPL Program.

Application Process

To apply as a non-degree student, you must submit an online application. While letters of recommendation are not required for non-degree students, the supporting documents of a brief personal statement and a resume are required. Students are required to submit transcripts detailing all undergraduate and postgraduate study. This includes coursework conducted at an applicant’s degree-granting institution(s) as well as in study abroad programs and at institutions out of which an applicant may have transferred. Applicants should upload copies of their official transcripts (i.e. not screenshots from a student record or student grade system) that clearly display their name, dates of enrollment, the names of all courses in which they enrolled, and the credits and grades awarded for each class. Applicants should not mail hard copies of transcripts to the School for purposes of application review.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall: August 18th
  • Spring: December 15th
  • Summer I or II: May 5th

Academic Policies

Students must have earned an undergraduate degree prior to taking any non-degree courses at SP2.

If a student chooses to apply to an SP2 degree-granting program at a later date, non-degree coursework may be counted towards the degree. Students must have earned at least a “B” in the course within the last five (5) years.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are charged at the annual per-course unit rate (same as the rate of tuition for each part-time program). SP2 is not able to provide scholarships for non-degree students. University of Pennsylvania employees are able to use the tuition benefit towards non-degree coursework.

Contact Information

For questions about applying as a non-degree student, contact the SP2 Admissions Office at apply@sp2.upenn.edu or 215.746.1934.

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