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.

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

There are no specific requirements for this course, but if this is your first course in the Online Program, you are advised to contact the online program office to discuss needs and expectations

If you have any other questions about our Online Program, please email