Non-Degree Applicants

How to apply & register


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We encourage you to apply in advance of the application deadline as certain components of the application require processing time.


Non-degree students on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus register through one of three schools/colleges depending on the course(s) they wish to take. It's important to follow the correct instructions and complete the appropriate application for the non-degree course(s) that you want to take. Students interested in applying to, and registering for, courses in the basic biomedical sciences should do so using the non-degree application offered by the Graduate School at CU Anschutz.

International students

  • International students should visit the international applicants page to review the international admissions requirements. The Colorado School of Public Health cannot support the issuing of I-20s for F1 and J1 students for non-degree coursework. Students seeking an F1 or J1 visa through graduate coursework should not apply for non-degree status.
  • WES evaluated transcripts will be accepted.
  • TOEFL or IELTS may be required.

CU employees using tuition benefits

All non-degree applicants

Any student who has taken a Colorado School of Public Health course as a non-degree student in the last three semesters should skip steps 1-2 and start with step 3.

Create a non-degree application online. On the "Academic Interest" page, please select “Non-Degree” and "Public Health Non-Degree.”

Screenshot of the academic interest page highlighting the non-degree and public health non-degree options

  • A transcript showing the date your bachelor’s degree was conferred is required.
  • For international transcripts, WES evaluated transcripts will be accepted.
  • Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.
  • If you have not received your undergraduate degree, please refer to the undergraduate non-degree application.
  • Student may submit additional documents (resume, academic explanation, GRE scores). These are not required.
  • Complete all other information, save, and submit the application. A confirmation will be sent once the application is submitted and detailing next steps. You are required to pay a $50 application fee ($75 for international applicants).
  • If more than three semesters have elapsed since taking courses in non-degree status, the student must reapply and repay the non-degree application fee.

If admitted, you must also complete the following new student checklist prior to registering for courses.* Once these checklist items are complete, admission is complete. An email will be sent with instructions after processing your:

  • Background check
  • Immunizations
  • Residency
  • CU Anschutz badge (not required for online students or current CU Anschutz badge holders)

Students will not have access to enroll without completing the steps listed above.

*Please note: if you are a current student, staff or faculty member at CU Anschutz or CU Denver, you may be eligible to have some of the enrollment checklist items waived. Please reach out to the admissions team for further information:

Instructions for how to enroll in classes will be sent to the student after processing.

Please note: non-degree students can only register for classes they are eligible for. If a class requires Faculty permission or student has written approval, please email 

Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid, student loans, scholarships or tuition assistance.

Tuition & fees

  • A one-time matriculation fee of $140 is charged for first-time enrollment at any University of Colorado campus.
  • A background check and submission of immunizations is required at the time of application and must be completed every three years for the student to maintain non-degree status. Background checks are administered through CastleBranch, and typically cost around $65. Instructions for ordering the background check and immunizations portal will be provided by the Office of Academic & Student Affairs.
  • A $50 application fee is charged to apply for non-degree status. If more than three semesters have elapsed since taking courses in non-degree status, the student must reapply and repay the non-degree application fee.
  • Non-degree students may use an employee tuition waiver if eligible. Non-degree students using the Tuition Assistance Benefit are not allowed to enroll in courses until seven days prior to the first day of classes. For more information, please see the CU Employee Services website. 

Additional information

  • Courses at ColoradoSPH may not be audited. However, a student may register for a course for no credit and pay the full tuition and fees. Students must designate “No Credit” by the appropriate deadlines as set forth by the Registrar’s Office. No Credit forms are available from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Registrar’s Office.
  • Students currently enrolled in a non-ColoradoSPH program must obtain permission from their Department Chairperson or Academic Advisor to register for a non-degree course.
  • If you enroll in a ColoradoSPH MPH or Certificate Program at a later date, a total of 9 credit hours taken as non-degree student may be applied to the program. You must receive a grade of B- or better to apply credits.​
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