Non-Degree/Isolated Graduate Credits

Earning Graduate Credit as a Non-Degree Student

Graduate non-degree students may enroll in graduate level course work for professional development, certification, and personal enrichment.  Under this classification, students are admitted to the university, but not to a specific degree granting, graduate program. Saint Joseph’s University offers non-degree/isolated credit coursework in the following academic areas:

  • Biology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Protection and Safety Management
  • Gerontology
  • Health Administration
  • Health Care Ethics
  • Health Education
  • Homeland Security
  • Organization Development and Leadership
  • Writing Studies


Graduate Credit for Students Enrolled in another College or University

Graduate isolated credit is also appropriate for students actively pursuing a graduate degree at another college or university, and who wish to earn graduate credit for transfer back to his or her home institution. Students falling under this classification must provide a letter or email from a graduate faculty advisor or registrar stating permission that they have permission to take the course.

Admission and Registration Steps

Please note that only one option for earning graduate isolated credit as a non-degree seeking student involves submitting an online application and supporting documents to the Graduate Studies Admissions Office.

  • All admission decisions for graduate isolated credit are considered at the discretion of the faculty program director.
  • A student may apply a maximum of two courses taken under the graduate isolated credit status to a degree or certification program.
  • All applicants must have the appropriate pre-requisite coursework preparation for the courses they are requesting to register.
  • International applicants applying for F-1 or J-1 Student Visas are not permitted to apply under the graduate isolated credit classification.
  • Access the course schedule.