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Non-Degree and Non-Credit Coursework

Credit Courses
The university offers courses for professionals in a variety of academic areas—some offered as open enrollment; others for professionals served by a specific grant or contractual arrangement. In addition, with the prior permission of specific program directors, non-degree students may register for many regularly-scheduled graduate courses at Radford University. In most cases, the student is limited to enrolling in no more than 6 hours of graduate credit as a non-degree seeking student; however students with specific needs that require more than the 6 hour limit should confer with the academic program director prior to enrolling at the university. A full list of course offerings is available on the Registrar’s website.

Professional Licensure and Certification
An individual who wishes to take graduate courses to meet initial professional licensure requirements may be admitted as a professional licensure student. In addition to the non-degree requirements, specific individual licensure and endorsement programs may have additional admissions requirements. Please see the respective course of study sections under “degree programs” in the Graduate Catalog.

A note about changing from non-degree or professional licensure and certification to a degree program: normally, courses taken under these admissions categories may not be counted toward a degree; however a student who subsequently decides to pursue a degree may petition the Graduate College through the appropriate department to have credits considered for acceptance toward a graduate degree. Non-degree to degree seeking students are allowed to transfer up to 9 graduate level credit hours earned at Radford University with a grade of "B" or better. It is the student’s advantage to formally enroll in a degree program as soon as possible after registration in order to protect the potential future value of courses toward a graduate degree.

Non-Credit Programs
Individuals seeking professional development and life-long learning opportunities, but who do not require academic credit, may take advantage of a variety of workshops and conferences offered by the University.
Individuals seeking information related to non-degree credit based programs please contact:
Emily Close, Graduate Student Support and Non-Degree Coordinator at 540-831-6344 or