Graduate Education Non-Matriculated Option
Are you a teacher looking to fulfill continuing education requirements, including Pennsylvania Act 48 credits, or are you just looking for professional development in the field of education and only want to take a couple of classes? No problem.
You can still take online classes at Drexel Online, an accredited university, even if you aren’t enrolled in a degree or certificate program. We simply refer to you as a “non-matriculated student.” If you wish to apply as a non-matriculated student, please choose "Non-Matriculated Option” on the application, and then select your intended area of study.
This option may be for you if:
- You need Pennsylvania Act 48 credit - If you're working towards completing your Pennsylvania Department of Education mandated professional development hours in accordance with Pennsylvania Act 48 a Drexel course may help you fulfill your hours.
- You're only interested in taking a specific class - Applying as a non-matriculated student is a good option if there is a particular online course that sparks your interest. It is best to contact your academic advisor before applying to determine what courses may be available to you.
- You're not sure online learning is for you - Non-matriculated status allows you to experience what online learning is like at Drexel and find out if you enjoy this type of learning. Many of our students tell us they prefer online learning over on-campus learning because of the constant networking and interaction through group projects, discussion boards, class chat groups and the flexibility it provides. But it's an individual preference. You want to do what works best for you.
- You're enrolled in another college or university, but wish to take a course at Drexel - If you're considering taking a Drexel course with the intent of transferring the credits back to your home institution, be sure you have checked with your home institution to ensure they will accept the Drexel transfer credit.
Is there a downside to being a non-matriculated student?
Yes, in some cases. There are limits on the number of classes you can take per term and the total number of classes you can take at Drexel before you must declare a major. In addition, some classes may not be available. For more information, please contact the School of Education’s graduate non-matriculated advisor, Larry Keiser (firstname.lastname@example.org; 215.895.1276.)
Additionally, some tuition financing options may require you to be enrolled in a degree program, so you may not qualify as a non-matriculated student. In general, although non-matriculated status offers flexibility, once you qualify for a degree program in which you are interested, you should matriculate into that program as soon as possible.
State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.
- A bachelor's degree in any field
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.
- A completed application
- Transcripts (official or unofficial) from all colleges or universities previously attended
- Essay of approximately 250 words:
- State your intended area of study and briefly describe your reasons for seeking admission
- Explain how the courses you seek to take fit into your overall personal professional development plan
- If you already have a specific course or courses in mind, please list them
- Additional requirements for International Students
The tuition rate for the academic year 2019-2020 is $978 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1303 per credit)
- This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
- Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
- These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
- These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
- Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
- All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
- Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
- When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.
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