Non-Degree Program

Non-Degree Student status

Interested in exploring the history of medicine for your own enjoyment, without committing to a degree program? As a Non-Degree Student you can take individual courses in the Online History of Medicine Program without being formally enrolled for a degree. You can choose whichever courses appeal to you, as long as they do not have any prerequisites.

Non-Degree Students are permitted to take up to four individual courses. If you later decide to continue with your studies, you can apply for admission to the online Certificate or M.A. Degree. If you are admitted, the credits that you have earned as a Non-Degree Student will be applied retroactively to fulfill your degree requirements.

Non-Degree Students should note that from February 1 2020, M.A. students have 8 years to complete their degree from the very first course they take. Certificate students have 5 years to complete their program from the very first course they take. Should a student switch from one program to the other, they will complete according to the timeline of the new program.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English, for non-native speakers

Non-degree students are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Unofficial transcripts are accepted for application to take your first non-degree course.

New Requirement for Non-Degree Students: 

As of January 2024, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Registrar requires all non-degree students to submit an official undergraduate transcript before they are eligible to take their second course at the university.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from your undergraduate institution to the Graduate Admissions office in the School of Medicine at or by mail to address below.

Office of Graduate Biomedical Education
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
1830 E. Monument St, Suite 620
Baltimore, Maryland 21287

To apply as a non-degree student, visit for detailed instructions.

If you have any other questions about our Online Program, or would like to be added to our listserv to get first notice of when course are being offered, please email