VCU School of Business Graduate Studies welcomes non-degree-seeking students (also called visiting students or guest students.) We do our best to accommodate requests, given space limitations.  

Timing and Process

If you are interested in an undergraduate business course, please visit the undergraduate override request form

Considerations before you take a course

Students interested in taking courses but not in earning a degree should pursue this avenue of registration. Students that plan to apply for graduate business program admission in the future should consider the pros and cons carefully. 

  • Students are allowed to complete up to six credit hours prior to being admitted into a program. If the prospective applicant is confident in their ability to be admitted, taking courses as a non-degree-seeking student allows the applicant to get an early start on the curriculum. 

  • Future applicants sometimes take courses before applying to increase their competitiveness for admission. Performing well in graduate courses can certainly bolster one’s application, but it may not be enough to overcome weaker aspects of an application.

  • If a student is not able to gain admittance, it is possible that the courses completed will never be applied toward a degree.

  • Changes to a program’s curriculum may adversely affect outcomes for nondegree-seeking students. The courses required to earn a degree are determined at the time of matriculation to the program, and there would be no “grandfathering” of completed courses that are no longer required for the program.

  • Nondegree-seeking students do not have access to VCU Financial Aid. Other funding sources (e.g., scholarships and employer reimbursement) may also require that a student be enrolled in a degree program in order to receive benefits.