Non-Degree Options

Students interested in learning new skills or improving their domain knowledge without going through a degree program have two options at CDM: taking up to two courses as a non-degree seeking student, or enrolling in a post-degree certificate program.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

If you wish to take a maximum of two courses to update your knowledge of a particular subject for professional or personal development, you must apply for admission as a non-degree seeking student. Students who wish to take more than two courses should consider enrolling in a degree program. The two courses taken as a non-degree student can be applied towards a degree program, subject to approval by an advisor.

The two courses can be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.


Applications for non-degree status at the undergraduate level are managed by the university’s undergraduate admissions office.


The application process for non-degree status at the graduate level is the same as the traditional master's degree admission process.

Admission Requirements for Non-Degree-Seeking Graduate Students

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students. For more information on the English proficiency requirement you can visit the English Proficiency Requirement page.


CDM offers both post-bachelor’s and post-master’s certificate programs to provide opportunities for degree holders to sharpen their skills. Applicants must submit transcripts from their degree and a resume for consideration. Please note the admission requirements may differ by certificate.

Choose non-degree seeking programs on the DePaul Application.