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Office of Non-Degree Credit Studies

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Non-Degree Credit Studies

Students visiting from another 4-year institution or students who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher who are interested in earning credit but do not wish to pursue a degree may register through SMU's Non-degree Credit Studies Office which provides convenient access to day and evening credit courses in a variety of academic disciplines.

Non-degree students are eligible to take University credit courses provided all pre-requisites are satisfied. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of C or better in order to continue their credit studies at SMU.

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

Please contact us for further information:

Office of Non-Degree Credit Studies
The Laura Lee Blanton Building
6185 Airline Rd. at SMU Blvd., Suite 101
Dallas TX 75205
214-768-4272
nondegree@smu.edu

Auditing or Visiting a Course

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

  • Participation is restricted, including classroom recitation
  • Handouts, tests, and other materials may not be available
  • Homework, papers, test 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, process an Audit Enrollment Request Form by following instructions on the form.

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

Admission/Enrollment Information

Non-degree Credit Application

Tuition and Fees

Federal or state financial aid is typically not available to non-degree-seeking students. Tuition for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 is $1,626 per credit hour, plus a general student fee of $248 per credit hour. A health center fee of $50 for part-time and $100 for full-time enrollment is required of all students.  Tuition is due at the time of registration. After you are registered, you will be sent a registration confirmation with a follow-up email with 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.

Payment Plan

SMU offers a four-installment payment plan through TuitionPay by Sallie Mae. The website to enroll is tuitionpaymentplan.com. There will be a nonrefundable enrollment fee. The four-installment payment plan is the only one available to non-degree students.