Non-Degree Studies

The Non-Degree Studies (NDS) program is administered by the Department of Registration and Records and provides individuals who have not matriculated into a degree or certificate program access to credit courses at NC State University as a visiting student on a part-time basis.

The NDS program may be for you if you:

  • need courses to meet NC State admission requirements for undergraduate or graduate programs.
  • want to take courses to transfer to another university.
  • are eager to update professional skills by taking courses or getting a certificate.
  • are a high school student who has exhausted enrollment options in a subject at your high school and want to enhance your high school curriculum with college classes.

Who is Eligible for Non-Degree Studies?

To be eligible to apply for NDS, prospective students must:

  • have graduated from high school at least one year before beginning enrollment.
    NOTE: Currently enrolled high-school students may be eligible for the Academic Enrichment Opportunity Program.
  • be eligible to return to any previous institution(s) attended.
  • maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at all times to remain eligible to continue.
  • have accumulated less than 30 hours of total credit as a NDS student. NDS students are limited to a total of 30 hours of credit in NDS status. Students with 29 hours attempted will be allowed to register for the next term even if their enrollment in that future term will exceed the 30-hour limit, but they will not be activated for any subsequent terms once they have accumulated or exceeded 30 hours of credit. For more details, please see the NDS Enrollment rule.

NOTE: If you previously have been admitted to and enrolled in a degree-seeking program and wish to readmit into that program, you are not eligible for NDS. Please visit the  readmission into degree-seeking programs page for more information.

Registration Details

As an NDS student, you may register for a maximum course load of 8 hours per semester on a space-available basis. Some courses carry prerequisites or are limited to degree-seeking students, so review the course schedule to determine your eligibility.

You may choose from any On Campus and/or Online and Distance Education courses. All course work carries degree credit. Most of the University’s academic support services, such as the library, are available to NDS students; however, social, athletic, health and similar non-academic services are not available.

Admission to NDS does not imply admission to an undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate program.

NOTE: NDS applications are good for a full year. For example, if you apply for Summer I, you do not need to submit a separate application for Summer II, Fall or Spring. NDS students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to retain their eligibility.

Credit for Degree

Students subsequently admitted to an undergraduate program will have all coursework, including grades, applied to the undergraduate degree total GPA.

Students subsequently admitted to a graduate program may request up to 12 credit hours be transferred into their degree program.  Transferred hours are subject to Graduate School approval, rules and procedures.

The entire policy on Non-Degree Studies Enrollment can be found at

Certificate Programs

Undergraduate Certificates

Information on undergraduate certificates is posted on the Office of Undergraduate Courses and Curricula website.

Graduate Certificates

Check out the full listing of Graduate Certificate programs in the Graduate Catalog.

Apply to a Graduate Certificate Program.

Non Degree Studies Application

Application Deadlines

The application for a given term will close at 5 p.m. on the deadline

Enrollment Term Application Open Application Deadline
Spring 2021 September 21, 2020 January 14, 2021
Summer I 2021 January 8, 2021 May 17, 2021
Summer II 2021 January 8, 2021 June 24, 2021
Fall 2021 January 8, 2021 August 16, 2021

Contact Us


Non-Degree Studies
1000 Harris Hall
Campus Box 7313
Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: (919) 515-6278