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Many of our graduate programs allow you to take up to nine credits (typically three courses) while you are completing the application process.

If you take advantage of this option, please note:

  • You should get advice from the program coordinator on appropriate courses.
  • You should complete the application process before the end of your third course, as only nine credits taken before enrollment/matriculation may be counted toward your program.
  • Taking courses prior to applying does not guarantee admission to a graduate program.
  • Federal financial aid is not available for courses taken prior to enrollment/matriculation in a program.

Programs with special rules about taking courses prior to admission

Direct Entry OT  All courses within the program require permission, so you must be enrolled/matriculated in the program first. 
Financial Planning   Courses offered in specific sequence beginning in the fall. Contact the program coordinator for permission. 
Higher Education Student Affairs  Courses offered in specific sequence beginning in summer (executive track) or fall (general track). Contact the program coordinator for permission. 
Master of Social Work  Two to three courses offered per academic year. Contact the MSW Admissions Coordinator, Brenda Vitale for course availability. 

Steps to register for courses prior to admission

1. Contact the program coordinator for advice on appropriate courses. Providing unofficial transcripts may be helpful.

2. Once you select your courses, use this timing chart:

  Winter/Spring 2018 Summer 2018
Course offerings are posted online on Navigator. (Click 'Class Search' on the left.)  Currently posted   February 2018
Course registration opens. (Go to Navigator, click 'New Non-Degree' on left, and create your account and register.)   November 6, 2017 March 5, 2018
Course registration closes  The day the class begins or fills. Wintersession begins January 8, 2018. Spring term begins January 16, 2018. The day the class begins or fills. SSI begins May 21, 2018. SSII begins July 9, 2018.

3. Having registration issues? This may help.

Issue  Who to Contact/What to Say  Contact Information 
Received your bachelor's degree from Salem State Student Navigation Center. Ask them to create a "graduate non-matriculated career" for you.  978.542.8000
navcenter@salemstate.edu  
Have a graduate application on file but have not yet received an admissions decision  Student Navigation Center. Ask them to create a "graduate non-matriculated career" for you.  978.542.8000
navcenter@salemstate.edu  
Have a graduate application on file, have been admitted, but have not yet enrolled or matriculated  Graduate Admissions. Email your intent to enroll, including your name, program, and ID.  gradadmissions@salemstate.edu 
Course has prerequisite  Program coordinator to request electronic permission. Provide your seven-digit SSU ID. If you do not have one, create your ID on Navigator. (Click 'New Non-Degree' on left). Coordinators may request relevant documentation.   Program coordinator 
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