A "non-degree student" is a student who registers for courses but who is not enrolled in an official degree or certificate program at the University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus. In order to be considered for a seat in a class, all non-degree
students must submit a Course Permission Form signed by the teaching faculty.
Non-degree students on the Anschutz Medical Campus register in one of three schools/colleges depending on the course they wish to take. It is important to follow the correct instructions and complete the appropriate application for the non-degree course(s) that you want. The information on this website applies to all course(s) within the biomedical basic sciences.
Note: If you are interested in coursework in nursing, you should review the procedures listed on the nursing non-degree application website. If you are interested in coursework in public health (biostatistics or epidemiology), you should review the procedures listed on the public health non-degree application website.
In order to be considered a non-degree student, an applicant must complete the online application. As part of the application process, you will be required to submit a $50 application fee (or $75 for International students), fill out a Tuition Classification Form, and upload a signed Course Permission form (see Application Process below).
Please note: If you intend on applying to any of our Certificate or Master Degree Programs, no more than 12 credits of non-degree coursework with a B- or better will be applied to your program if accepted.
Unless otherwise noted, all non-degree courses are offered at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.
Graduate School non-degree students may register for classes at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. If you are interested in taking classes at the Downtown Denver Campus or other University of Colorado campuses, please contact
that campus directly for further instructions. If you are applying to the Anschutz Campus, but all of the classes you are looking to take are offered on another campus, you will need to apply for admission to that campus directly.
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Any student who has taken a Graduate School Basic Sciences course as a non-degree student in the last three semesters should skip steps 1-2 and start with step 3.
If you have not taken any Graduate School Basic Sciences courses as a non-degree student in the past three semesters, you must start by applying to receive non-degree student status with the Graduate School. Click here to complete the initial step of
applying, which includes entering your personal information (e.g., name, birthdate, etc.). Following your completion of step 1, the registration system will conduct a search to determine if you have an existing record at the University of Colorado.
Within 24 hours (or longer if a weekend is included), you will receive a username and password in two separate emails. These will allow you to complete the application process. From here you can move to step 2 and complete the rest of the application.
Once you receive your username and password, log in here. Select the following options when completing the application:
1. Career: "Graduate Non-degree"
2. Campus: "Anschutz Medical Campus"
3. Field of Study: "Basic Sciences Non-degree Application"
4. Admit Term: Select the term you wish to start taking courses
5. I am a: "Non-Degree"
Complete all other information.
To obtain permission to enroll in a course.
As part of the application process, you will download the Non-Degree Student Permission Form. This is a fillable PDF. Complete the form, print it, and obtain the instructor’s signature for each course, indicating their permission for you to take the course. Applicants must present the instructor with sufficient documentation of their academic background to show adequate preparedness for the course in question. Obtaining the instructor’s permission does not assure your registration in the course. After obtaining the signatures on the form, you will upload a scan of the completed, signed document as part of your required application materials. You will not be allowed to complete the application without this form and the application will not be approved if the form is uploaded incomplete, or without appropriate faculty signatures.
Complete and submit the application.
Once you have completed, saved, and submitted the application with all the required documents, you will be required to mail or submit an application fee of $50 ($75 for international applicants). The check should be made payable to the University of Colorado and may be submitted or mailed to one of the following. If you have questions, please contact us at 303-724-2911.
University of Colorado Denver
School, MS C296
12361 E. 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
Physical submission address:
Anschutz Medical Campus
12361 E. 17th Avenue
Academic Office 1 Building, Room 1503