New Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures

Graduate Studies

West Chester University

Non Degree & Senior Citizens

What is Non-Degree?
Non degree is an academic term for ‘not formally accepted into a degree program.”  It is a great way to start your college career or to gain personal and professional growth.  As a non-degree student, you take the same course as everyone else, and you earn the same college credit.

Non degree students should access the “Non Degree Online Application”, which will allow you to apply for the appropriate term and register for classes. 

Non-degree Undergraduate students who have questions, should contact the Pre-Major Advising Office at 610 436-3505. Non-degree Graduate and Seniors who have questions, should contact the Graduate Studies Office at 610 436-2458.

 General Information

The "Non Degree Online Application" will allow you to apply for summer or winter terms when it is appropriate to schedule classes for those terms. It will also have options for adult students to apply for Fall/Spring terms as non degree when the scheduling time is appropriate.

Here are a few important points for you to know before you submit your non degree application:

  1. You will need to submit your date of birth, social security number, mailing address and your email address on the application.

  2. Once you submit your online application you will receive an email notification almost immediately. The email will be sent to the address you supplied on your application.

  3. Your online application will be processed and you will then receive a second email notification. This second email notification may take as much as 24 hours. It will include important instructions about how to search the class schedule and scheduling your class, billing information, and most importantly, your WCU ID number.

Spring 2015 Scheduling Information

If you would like to review the class offerings for the upcoming Spring 2015 term prior to submitting you Non-Degree online application, please view the Spring 2015 Course Schedule.

The Graduate M.B.A. program does not permit self-scheduling of non-degree courses.  Please contact the department for more information about scheduling coursework

Click here to access the "Non Degree Online Application"



 The Senior Citizen Policy
The Senior Citizen Program allows retired Pennsylvania residents to attend West Chester University tuition free on a SPACE-AVAILABLE BASIS. To qualify, the student must be retired, at least 60 years old, and have been a Pennsylvania resident for at least a year. Students may enroll as either degree or nondegree students and may audit or take courses for credit. The program does not include internships, independent study, individualized instruction, student teaching, thesis, seminar, or any similar course requiring extra faculty compensation for the additional enrollment. All scheduling information is available in the Office of Graduate Studies.

Senior citizen students may not register prior to the beginning of classes. They must attend the first meeting of the class(es) for which they wish to register and obtain the instructor's signature on their schedule, indicating there is space available in the class. They then return their signed schedule, along with a signed Senior Citizen fee waiver form and signed audit form if they wish to audit, to the Office of Graduate Studies. The office then schedules the student and submits the fee waiver form to the Office of Financial Aid.