The process outlined here applies only to students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and want to take additional undergraduate courses as a non-degree student. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to take graduate-level courses as a non-degree student should contact the graduate admission office serving the college through which the courses are offered.

Classes for Non-Degree Students

To browse DePaul’s course offerings for upcoming terms, visit the Schedule of Classes on our Student Records website.

Non-degree students can be admitted for any quarter at DePaul up to the day before registration closes.  DePaul is on a quarter system, so non-degree students are admitted four times every year. Classes can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. Information on term start dates can be found by visiting the Academic Calendar on our Office of Academic Affairs website.

Students interested in only taking courses within The Theatre School, the  School of Music or graduate coursework should contact these respective offices of admission directly because these schools have specific admission requirements. Graduate admission information can be found here.

Special Programs for Non-Degree Students

Certificate Program in Geographic Information Systems

This program option is for students with an undergraduate degree who wish to earn a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Students applying to this program are required to submit an official transcript confirming a bachelor’s degree has been earned. Students must complete the undergraduate non-degree application for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and select “Certificate – Cartography & Geographic IS” as the intended major. Transcripts must indicate that the student is in good academic standing. The pre-requisite LSP120 will be automatically waived if the student has a completed a bachelor's degree program recognized by DePaul.

For more information, please visit the Certificate in GIS​ website.

Certificates in Modern Languages

The Department of Modern Languages offers two language certificate options for non-degree seeking students: intermediate (low, mid, or high) language proficiency and advanced (low, mid, or high) language proficiency. Upon completion of the required classes and the Written Proficiency Test, the student's certificate will be posted to their DePaul transcripts. Language proficiency certification will allow students to show future employers they are ready to compete in today’s global workplace.

The department offers certificates in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Students must complete the undergraduate non-degree application for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

For more information, please visit the Modern Languages​ website.

Application Process

To apply as a non-degree student, please submit the following:

  • Online application for non-degree students 
  • Transcripts confirming your bachelor’s degree has been earned
Non-degree students are asked to apply to a specific college at DePaul based on the courses in which you intend to enroll (e.g., College of Science and Health for students intending to take a math course).

All students who have completed secondary education outside of the U.S. must submit proof of English proficiency. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (or 213 on the computer-based test) or proof of having completed English Composition I and II with grades of C or better is required for all undergraduate applicants.

Send all transcripts to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
1 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604

You can also arrange to have official electronic transcripts and test scores sent to If you are submitting transcripts via SCRIP-SAFE, please be sure to connect with the DePaul University Undergraduate Admissions account.

Already Admitted as a Non-Degree Student?

Non-degree students will be notified of their admission via email and letter once accepted. This information will include your next steps on registering for classes and contacting your college for assistance on courses with prerequisite requirements.

Additional information on navigating Campus Connect, paying tuition and obtaining a student ID can be found on our DePaul Central website, your one-stop for registration and financial information at DePaul.

Looking to become more familiar with DePaul’s campuses? Take our online campus tour or register for a tour at our Lincoln Park or Loop campuses on our Visit DePaul page.


Contact a DePaul admission representative:​
(312) 362-8300 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​