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Office of Non-Degree Credit Studies

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Office of Non-Degree Credit Studies

Welcome to Southern Methodist University’s Office of Non-Degree Credit Studies!

The Office of Non-Degree Credit Studies assists students who wish to enroll in SMU courses for credit, but do not intend to pursue an SMU degree.

Our office assists:

  • Domestic and international students who are visiting from another four-year university and are in good standing with their home universities.
  • College graduates who wish to take prerequisite courses for graduate and professional schools.
  • Non-SMU students who wish to participate in SMU programs such as SMU-in-Taos, SMU Abroad and SMU Intersessions.
  • Students who have transferred to the Dallas area and, with permission from their home universities, wish to finish their degrees by taking SMU courses and transferring back credit.
  • Members of the Dallas community who wish to take SMU courses for personal enrichment.
  • University employees, their spouses, and/or their dependents who wish to take courses using tuition benefits.

NOTE: If you intend to take graduate level courses as a non-degree seeking student, please contact the graduate school directly.


Non-Degree students are admitted through the Division of Enrollment Services and are eligible to register on a space-available basis. Admission as a non-degree student does not qualify a student for admission to a degree program at SMU.

Application Instructions

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit the $75 non-refundable application fee. The fee can be paid:
    • Over the phone at 214-768-4272 with your credit card.
    • Through the mail by sending a check or money order addressed to:

      Office of Non-Degree Credit Studies
      Southern Methodist University
      P.O. Box 750181
      Dallas, TX 75205-0181

    • In person at the University Registrar Service Counter located on the first floor in the Laura Lee Blanton Building. The physical address is 6185 Airline Road Suite 101, Dallas, TX 75205.
  3. Request an official transcript from each school you have attended.
    • Email to: nondegree@smu.edu, or
    • Mail to:

      Office of Non-Degree Credit Studies
      Southern Methodist University
      P.O. Box 750181
      Dallas, TX 75205-0181

      Note: All international transcripts must be translated and professionally evaluated. For a list of accepted foreign evaluation services, click here.

  4. Applications are not reviewed until all required materials are received.

NOTE: Applications take up to a week to process and must be received at least five business days before the first day of the semester in order to be considered for admission.

Once accepted as a non-degree student, you must:

  • Submit proof of meningitis immunization and completed SMU Health Center form.
  • Read and agree to the Rights and Responsibilities Agreement.
  • Meet all prerequisites for courses in which you expect to enroll.
  • Register yourself on your given enrollment appointment date. Please see FAQ for steps on enrollment.
  • Pay all tuition and fees by the payment deadline.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or better in order to continue your studies at SMU. Failure to maintain the appropriate GPA standard may result in removal from the program.

If you are already enrolled as a non-degree credit student at SMU and wish to continue your non-degree studies, you may register yourself for the upcoming semester when open enrollment period begins.

  • Open enrollment for Summer Sessions and Fall Semester begins April 29th

If you need assistance, please contact the Office of Non-Degree Credit Studies at nondegree@smu.edu or 214-768-2472.

To view the schedule of classes, visit my.SMU and click on “Class Search” to see all the classes for a particular course subject and the individual course number for each class. To view the course description, click on the section number for the class. The course description will be at the bottom of the panel. A 701 section number designates an evening class.

Summer course information is available at June+July in Dallas.

MayTerm and JanTerm course information is available at SMU Intersessions.

Tuition is due at the time of registration. After you register, you are sent a registration confirmation with a follow-up email detailing instructions for paying tuition online. You may pay by MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. If you pay by credit card, a 2.75% service fee will be added to each transaction. You may also pay by e-check (electronic check); no service fee is charged.

SMU employees should refer to Human Resources to learn more about using tuition benefits.

Fall and Spring Semesters

$1,626 per credit hour + general student fees.

InterTerms and All Summer Sessions

$1,327 per credit hour.

Payment Plan

SMU offers payment plans through TuitionPay by Sallie Mae. Non-degree students are only eligible for the four-installment plan during fall and spring semesters and the three-installment plan during summer term. There is a nonrefundable enrollment fee involved in signing up for a payment plan. Further information can be found on the Bursar’s Office website.

NOTE: Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid or veterans’ benefits.

With instructor approval, available classroom space, payment of an audit fee* and approval of the University Registrar, a person may audit a credit course. The audit fee is less than the course tuition, but an auditor has certain restrictions:

  • Participation is restricted, including classroom recitation
  • Handouts, tests, and other materials may not be available
  • Homework, papers, tests, and other assignments may not be collected or graded
  • Laboratory privileges are not included
  • Progress grades and a final grade will not be provided
  • An academic record and certification of participation will not be provided
  • Audit fees are non-refundable

To audit a course, complete an Audit Enrollment Request Form.

Audit Fee

$310 per credit hour.

*An enrolled undergraduate student taking 12 or more hours may audit one, three-hour course at no additional charge!

Note: Bacterial-Meningitis Immunization

Texas State Law effective January 1, 2012: Any entering student at a Texas college or university who is under the age of 22 years must be immunized before attending classes and must have received the vaccine within the preceding 5 years and at least 10 days prior to the first day of classes or provide exemption information. Enrollment holds will be placed for students who do not comply.

Please refer to and download the required forms by going to the Health Center website. On the top of the page click on Forms. Select "Health History Form" from the drop down. Completed forms are submitted directly to the Health Center. Contact information is found at the top of the form or on the Health Center website.