Credit and Noncredit Courses

Our professional and graduate institutes offer intensive credit and noncredit options. While both options provide you with valuable skills for career advancement and the opportunity to network with other professionals, they are geared towards learners with different goals and needs:

Summary of Differences Between Credit vs Noncredit Options





  • Professional development
  • Transferable graduate credits
  • Official course transcript 
  • An Institute “Professional Pathway”*

Professional development or
personal edification

Course Resources

Can access all course tools and resources, e.g., online discussion boards, wikis, and other communications and interactive tools.

Limited access to course tools and resources.

Assignments & Grading

Required to submit all course assignments and will receive instructor feedback and grade. 

May complete assignments, but will not receive a grade




Financial Aid

Eligible for a Community Scholars Scholarship



Apply Online as a Non-degree Student

Noncredit Course Registration Form

* The Institute programs have a “Professional Pathways” option for students who take at least 12 credits in courses reflecting the core competencies of each Institute.  Culminating in a certificate of competency, these micro degrees allow students to acquire the skills to differentiate themselves and advance their career in a particular area of focus.

Please note that after the class begins, it is not possible to switch between the noncredit and credit options.  We are happy to discuss which option might be right for you, just contact us to set up an appointment: 413-538-3478 or