Graduate-Level Courses for Non-Degree Students

Whether you're just out of college, changing careers, or are a practicing clinician looking to advance in your career, MGH Institute has a course that's right for you. We offer courses in the areas of communication sciences and disorders, global health, health professions education, informatics, mind body health and healing, nursing, nursing education, and physical therapy.

With the majority of faculty working as practicing clinicians, our courses provide a powerful integration of clinical and academic learning, aiding in the development of both critical thinking and leadership skills.

A Mass General Brigham employee discount is available to qualified students.

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Payment in full is required when you register for courses for any given semester. Once you select a course, use the registration button within that course page to fill out the form to register.

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Physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, nurses, and other health care professionals holding a bachelor's degree may enroll as non-degree students in selected graduate courses on a space-available basis. These courses can be used at the Institute in the following ways:

  1. Waiver of GRE Requirement - Non-degree students applying to the School of Nursing BSN to MS or BSN to DNP post-professional degree programs may request a waiver of GRE score submission if they have successfully completed Advanced Pathophysiology and one other graduate nursing course with a grade of B or better.
  2. Apply the credits to an MGH Institute Degree/Certificate Program. The following Degree/Certificate programs allow appropriate MGH Institute graduate level non-degree credits to be applied towards a degree or certificate within their program as noted below:
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology - 12 credits allowed
      • Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy and Language - 6 credits allowed
    • Nursing
      • All MS and CAS Programs - 6 credits allowed
      • DNP Program - No credits may be transferred into the integrative DNP Curriculum. Students without intermediate biostatistics, or certain master’s level courses that are pre-requisite for students without a MSN, may be transferred in to meet any pre-requisite requirements, can be taken as pass/fail, and credits will not be applied to any of the required DNP program credits.
      • Note: the Accelerated BSN Program does not offer any non-degree courses that could be applied to the BSN degree.

The following programs do not allow non-degree courses/credits to be applied to their degree:

  • Physical Therapy - Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy - Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant Studies - Master of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Genetic Counseling - Master of Science in Genetic Counseling
  • Health Professions Education - Master of Science in Health Professions Education
  • Rehabilitation Sciences - PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences


Cost and payment information can be found in our Tuition and Fees section.

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