Non-Degree Students

Non-Degree Students are normally those who wish to improve their academic background or try a graduate level course to determine if they are interested in applying at a future date to a graduate program. While coursework completed as a non-degree student may subsequently be transferred as credit to meet degree requirements if a non-degree student is later admitted to a UNBC graduate program, this is not guaranteed.

Tuition and Student Fee Information for Non-Degree Students

Non-Degree students must pay tuition for each course taken, as well as miscellaneous student fees applicable to each semester. Tuition paid for non-degree coursework is not subsequently credited towards the cost of a degree if a non-degree student is admitted to a program at UNBC. Please click below for a link to the Non-Degree Tuition Fees and to the Fees section for Student Fee information:

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for non-degree applications are:

  • For Fall Semester Courses (September start): August 15th
  • For Winter Semester Courses (January start): November 15th
  • For Spring/Summer Semester Courses (May start): April 15th
  • For Spring/Summer Semester Courses (June/July start): At least one week prior to the course start date

Submitting An Application

Apply via the Online Application System and complete the following:

  • Scan and upload unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended, OR provide proof of having a Master's degree by uploading a scanned copy of the degree parchment
  • Scan and upload a UNBC Graduate Registration Form with course information completed
  • Scan and upload an email from the Course Instructor stating that he/she is supportive of you taking the course
  • Pay the application fee

NOTE: Letters of reference are not required.

Taking Independent Graduate Level Courses

Applicants who wish to take graduate level courses without being in a graduate program may do so under one of the following admission categories:

  • Visiting Graduate Student
  • Exchange Graduate Student
  • Non-Degree Student

When completing the online application for any of the categories above, answer the following question as indicated below, then proceed with the rest of the online application.

Question: "Do you want a UNBC credential?"
Answer: "No"

Visiting Graduate Student


Exchange Graduate Student

Includes formal exchange students.

Non-Degree Graduate Student

Students interested in taking graduate-level coursework but not pursuing a credential are normally considered Non-Degree Students. A maximum of three graduate courses may normally be taken under this category. Please visit for more information on regulations.

Further Information

For further information please refer to the Graduate Academic Calendar, Section 1.5.3 Non-Degree Students