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Application Process - Special Student Status FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

The last day to register as a Special Student for Spring 2015 semester is December 1, 2014.

Can I take courses without matriculating into a specific graduate program?
Yes you can take up to 12 sh as a non matriculated student. After the 12 sh you will have to apply to the specific program and be accepted to continue your studies.

*Students interested in the DNP program can only take up to 9 sh before applying.

How do I find the course I want?
Please go to the Registrar’s web site for the listings of courses being offered in the appropriate semester. Select "Class Schedule" under Gradaute Schools on the site (in the far right column). 

Once I find the course I want, what is my next step?
E-mail the following faculty requesting permission to take the chosen course. Please remember to state the course number and name.


Faculty Member

Contact Email


Sandra Cleveland


Cynthia Bainton

College Student Development

Vanessa Johnson

Counseling Psychology

Mary Ballou

Exercise Science

Dinesh John 

Health Informatics

Daniel Feinberg


Janet Rico

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ban-An Khaw

Public Health

Shan Mohammed 

School Counseling

William Quill

School Psychology

Jessica Hoffman

Speech Language Pathology

Therese O’Neill-Pirozzi

How do I register for the class once I have permission to take the course?
Please fill out the attached special student application and send it to the Bouvé Graduate School at or fax it to 617.373.4701 Call: 617.373.4701 . Your information will be entered in the University system and you will be notified when your account is ready for registration. The last day to register as a Special Student for the Spring 2015 Semester is December 1, 2014.  

Is there an application fee?
Yes, a one time non-refundable $75 application fee is required. If you decide to apply to a program, you will not be charged again. It can be paid by check, and checks should be made out to Northeastern University and sent to: Northeastern University, 123BK, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

Is proof of my undergraduate degree necessary?
Yes. We must receive an official transcript indicating you have received a BS/BA. A copy of your diploma may also be used to verify your degree.

Is proof of my nursing license necessary?
Yes. We must receive a copy of your up to date nursing license.

Can I be refused the course I want to take?
Yes. Matriculated students have first choice on the classes being offered. This may stop you from gaining entrance or being removed from the class if a matriculated student needs to be enrolled.

If I successfully complete these courses as a special student am I guaranteed admission?
Admission is not guaranteed after successfully completing the courses. Admission is based on your status in the application pool for the program of interest.

If I apply and am accepted to the program of choice, will these credits transfer into the program?
Yes, they will automatically be applied to your program. Since we offer core courses for special student status, these courses can also be transferred to another college.

As an international student, can I enroll as a special student?
F-1, F2 and J-1 visas cannot enroll as a special student because the courses would not provide full time status. H visas can become special students as long as they bring copies of their visas and proof of sponsorship.

When do courses start?
Please check the Registrar’s site for the calendar, tuition, and policy on dropping courses.

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Bouvé Graduate Student Services
123 Behrakis Health Science Center
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617.373.2708
Fax: 617.373.4701

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