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Continuing and Professional Studies - Undergraduate Students

Students accepted to Salem State in an evening or online only undergraduate program are considered Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) students. CPS students may register in courses offered through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and through the day division. Courses taken in the day division may be added after the early registration period for day students ends each semester on the published date.  A student's full-time enrollment is determined by the total number of credits for which they are registered, regardless of whether the courses are taken in the evening or day division. A minimum of 12 credits are considered full-time enrollment.

Graduate Students

Students accepted to Salem State in a graduate program are considered graduate students. Graduate students will register in classes offered through the School of Graduate Studies, the majority of which are offered in the evening, on weekends or online. A minimum of nine (9) credits are considered full-time enrollment for most graduate programs.

Non-degree Students

Salem State University welcomes non-degree students in both undergraduate Continuing and Professional Studies courses and in many graduate courses. New non-degree students may sign up for a Navigator account by visiting First Time Self-Service Registration for Non-Degree Students.  Students who have previously applied to or taken classes with Salem State University will not be able to use the first time self-service process and should contact the Student Navigation Center at if they experience difficulty accessing registration through their Navigator account.

What to Have Ready for Registration

When registering for classes in person, you must provide:

  • The specific class and section information of the course you want to take;
  • your student ID number if you've taken classes with us before; and 
  • a photo ID for walk-in registration.

Payment Methods

Degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students may choose to pay at the time of registration or may be billed for their coursework. Upon registering for classes, a monthly bill will be generated. A notification will be sent to your Salem State email address informing you that a bill is available through you Navigator account and balances are due by the due date on the bill. No paper bills will be generated.  Payments can be made online through your Navigator account, in person or by mail. Non-degree students taking graduate or undergraduate courses must only pay by 11 pm for Spring and Summer 17.  Beginning Fall 17, non-degree students may also elect to be billed.

You can choose financial aid as the method of payment if you are an eligible degree-seeking student when you register for continuing and professional studies or graduate courses through Navigator.  Note: If you do not receive sufficient financial aid or a loan award, you are solely responsible for all tuition and fees due.

For walk-in payments, the Student Navigation Center only accepts debit cards (credit card payments must be made online) or check. Original signed tuition waiver, voucher, or tuition remission forms must be presented at time of registration. No refund will be processed if presented after registration is completed. These may not be applied to the cost of an institute, directed study, thesis, internship, or independent study course.

Registering for Day Classes

Degree-seeking undergraduate Continuing and Professional Studies students may register for open day division classes at an established open enrollment period each semester after the end of the early registration period for day students, typically three or four weeks after the day registration period begins. Non-degree students may register during the space available registration period, which typically begins during the week prior to the start of classes.  Please consult the calendar of events in Navigator for more information. 

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