Non-Degree Students

Non Degree Student Status (for MPH, MS-HCOM, and MS-PREP)

Students may take courses without matriculating into a degree program. A maximum of 2 credits taken as a non-degree student may be applied toward a PHPD degree if the student later matriculates. A grade of B or better is required for a course taken as a non-degree student to be applied toward any PHPD degree.

Registration Dates - Applications must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of classes for the semester which a student wishes to enroll.

Registration for the 2016 Summer semester begins April 18 and ends May 11.

Registration for the 2016 Fall Semester begins June 1 and ends August 23.

Registration for the 2017 Spring Semester begins November 28 and ends January 5.

Registration Process

  1. Tufts University employees MUST submit their completed Tuition Remission forms to Human Resources prior to submitting their Non-Degree Student Application.
  2. All applicants will complete a Non-Degree Student Application and submit it to the Public Health & Professional Degree Programs’ Registrar's Office. Applications may also be submitted via the mailing address listed on the application.
  3. If the applicant is NOT a current student at Tufts University, they must submit transcripts with degree conferral to the PHPD Registrar's Office. Official or unofficial transcripts will be accepted, so long as they include the degree awarded and date of conferral.
  4. Applicants are responsible for contacting the course instructor(s) and receiving permission to enroll in their desired course(s). Please note: although an instructor may approve your request, actual registration will still be dependent on seat availability.
  5. When all materials are received (application, transcripts, proof of instructor approval), applicants will be contacted by the Registrar’s Office to schedule a registration appointment.
  6. During the registration appointment, payment will be submitted to the Bursar's Office and they will grant financial clearance to register. Please note: the Bursar's Office will only accept cash, check, or money order as a valid form of payment.
  7. After financial clearance is obtained, students will be officially registered for their course and granted access to course materials.

Please feel free to contact the PHPD Registrar's Office  if you have any questions. 


What does it mean to be a non-degree student in a Tufts Public Health Program?

Non-degree students in a Tufts University Public Health program are students who are interested in furthering their knowledge of Public Health, Health Communication, or Pain Research, Education and Policy, but who are not currently pursuing a degree within one of those programs. Anyone may become a non-degree student but we do ask for transcripts verifying previous degrees earned and hold our non-degree students to the same high standards that we hold our degree seeking students.

Who can be a non-degree student?

Anyone with an interest in our Public Health courses who has already earned a Bachelor’s degree or is a current Tufts undergraduate (summer semester only) may take up to two credits worth of non-matriculated coursework (current Tufts undergraduates can cross register for Tufts Public Health courses per normal cross registration policies during Fall/Spring semester).

I’m a Tufts University Employee – can I take an MPH, HCOM, or PREP class?

Yes, you can. You just need to fill out the non-degree student application and follow the non-degree student registration process. If you intend to use Tuition Remission to cover the cost of the course, please make sure all the necessary forms have been submitted to Human Resources at the same time or prior to submitting the non-degree application to the Registrar’s Office. You will not be permitted to register for a course until Human Resources has processed your Tuition Remission forms.

How much does it cost to be a non-degree student?

Non-degree students are charged a per-credit tuition rate. For the 2016 – 2017 academic year, the per-credit rate is $5096 per 1 credit or $2548 per 0.5 credit. Non-matriculated students are not charged any other tuition/fees.

Are there any scholarships or funding opportunities available through Tufts for non-degree students?

No, at this time non-degree students are not eligible for institutional or federal financial aid.

How many credits can I take as a non-degree student?

There is no limit to the number of credits that non-degree students can take with us, however only two (2) credits taken as a non-degree student may be applied toward a Tufts Public Health or Professional Degree program. All of our courses are worth either one (1) credit or one-half (.5) credit.

Can I count courses taken as a non-degree student toward my degree if I am admitted to a Tufts Public Health or Professional Degree program later on?

Yes, as long as the course(s) is a degree requirement for the program you are admitted to, you can use up to two credits worth of non-degree coursework toward your degree. Taking a course or two prior to enrolling in a degree program is an ideal way to get a feel for the Tufts Public Health atmosphere as well as get an introduction to the field from our expert faculty.