Non-Degree Seeking Students

Individuals may enroll in undergraduate or graduate coursework as non-degree seeking. Priority enrollment is given to degree-seeking students. Before registering, those interested should do the following:

  • Review the schedule of class offerings in Self Service. Instructions for viewing the schedule are found here.
  • Review the tuition and fees on the Accounting Services webpage. Undergraduate coursework is charged by the part-time, per-credit rate.  Graduate coursework is charged by the specific program rate under which the coursework is offered.

Schedules for Summer and Fall coursework are typically posted in Self Service in late March; schedules for Winter and Spring coursework are typically posted in late October. Review the Academic Calendar for registration dates.

Undergraduate Non-Degree Application/Registration form - this form is used for those who wish to enroll in undergraduate coursework as non-degree seeking. A transcript may be required if coursework has prerequisites, which can be emailed to Instructor approval is required for requests to audit coursework. Students will be emailed once the registration has been processed.


Hood offers several opportunities for reduced tuition, including programs for older citizens and Hood alumnae and alumni.

Encore Program

The Encore Program enables Hood alumnae and alumni who hold a B.A. or B.S. from Hood to take undergraduate courses at one-half tuition.

Renewal Not Retirement

Hood’s Renewal Not Retirement (RNR) program offers persons 60 years of age or older the opportunity to audit undergraduate courses. Studio and lab courses, practicums and self-directed study courses are not available for audit. The cost is $100 per course.

The Graduate School offers courses for individuals who hold at least a bachelor’s degree and are interested in non-degree studies for professional development, continuing education or personal enrichment. Hood also provides the opportunity to sample a graduate degree program before deciding to apply. Up to twelve credits taken as a non-degree student may apply towards degree requirements for a master’s or certificate program. You can view the list of available Fall 2022 non-degree courses here.

Students who have never taken graduate coursework at Hood, must complete the non-degree graduate application and registration form. You must also submit a copy of an official transcript to the registrar’s office at for verification of at least a bachelor’s degree (master's is fine as well) prior to enrollment. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (3.0 for counseling coursework) to register as a non-degree student for graduate level coursework.

Students who have previously taken graduate coursework at Hood, can complete the Online Registration Form, indicating the request to enroll as non-degree in the comments/note section of the form.

Priority enrollment in graduate classes is given to degree-seeking students. Program director and/or instructor approval may be required for non-degree registration (counseling coursework requires program directorapproval and registrations may be held until degree-seeking students are enrolled) and additional information may be required for registration approval. 

Knowledge of data analytics is mandatory for success in the current work climate across industries and disciplines. Hood College is offering an online industry-based training course this January to meet this need.

Who is eligible:

  • All fields and industries
  • All education backgrounds
  • All employment levels (entry to leader)
  • Must possess a bachelor's

By the end of this industry-based training, participants will:

  • understand the opportunities and challenges in data analytics
  • apply approaches to real-world data sets
  • be prepared to earn IBM Skills Academy Certification

Training opens May 23, 2022 and must be completed by July 3, 2022.

Training discount available for Ft. Detrick Alliance, military, and NeighborHOOD members.

Register for the IBM Applied Data Analytics Training Course | ITMG 599A

For questions about the online IBM Data Analytics training course, email

About this Program

The JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Badge program is designed to prepare educators and administrators for all diversity and inclusion related issues in the classroom. This interdisciplinary program addresses historical and contemporary issues with race, racism, and social justice from a national and global perspective. Whether you're an administrator leader or a teacher in core, world language, or art subjects, there is something for all educators in Hood College's JEDI Badge program. 

Course Listings

Winter 2021: January 3, 2022 - January 21, 2022

  • HUM 599D: The African American Experience (3 Credits, online asynchronous)
    This course surveys the struggles and accomplishments of people of African descent in the United States. While some attention will be paid to African origins, the course will analyze the historical path from importation through the modern era.

Spring 2022: January 25, 2022 - May 14, 2022

  • HUM 560S: Otherness (3 Credits)
    The Middle Ages were a time of intense questioning and discovery, and a crucible in which the basis of many of our modern concepts was forged. Medieval Europeans were engaged in a series of deep investigations into the nature of identity. This interdisciplinary seminar will examine a wide range of the textual and visual presentations of medieval notions of identity, difference, race, and belonging as we explore various medieval ideas about the world and humanity’s place within it.

Summer I 2022: May 23, 2022 - July 3, 2022

  • EDUC 582: Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society (3 credits, online  synchronous)
    Examines educational philosophies and frameworks in the context of diverse student populations. Topics include culturally relevant pedagogy, multicultural curriculum, and current issues related to teaching and learning in diverse classrooms.
  • EDUC 584: Systemic Change for School Improvement (3 credits, hybrid)
    Participants examine the literature on systemic change, with emphasis on models and strategies for use by school leaders to affect change at the individual, team, school and district levels.

How to register

Registration discount available for FCPS employees and for all other business partners under the NeighborHOOD program.

Register for a JEDI Badge Course 

For questions about the JEDI badge, email

EDUC 561: Teaching Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings
3 Credits |1/25/2022 - 5/14/2022 | Tuesday's 5:10-7:55pm

Synchronous online | Non-degree & degree options available

Complete a weekly online workshop and fulfill a state requirement! Earn credit towards your MSDE special education requirement. Enhance your diversity-inclusion skillset. Designed to develop skills, attitudes and understanding to enable early childhood, elementary and secondary teachers to educate learners with special needs. Topics include inclusion, educational planning, teaching techniques, student assessment, and classroom organization and management skills.

Register for EDUC 561: Teaching Diverse Learners in Inclusive Setting

For questions about this course, email

Take advantage of these spring 2022 bioinformatics courses open to all fields and industries involving high-quality research. Must possess a bachelor's degree to register. Classes are offered in person from 1/25/2-2022 to 5/17/2022.

BIFX 545 | Leading Reproducible Research: Based on the tenants of the reproducible research movement, this course teaches the fundamentals of experimental design, research ethics and communication to foster the ability to coordinate multifaceted research collaborations between scientists with backgrounds in biology, computer science and biostatistics. Using examples from classical literature and the concepts extolled by philosophers from around the world, we will explore alternative modes of leadership based on effective communication between individuals from different backgrounds. While this course is essential for those in the field of bioinformatics, anyone who is interested leading high-quality research will benefit from this course. 

BIFX 550 | Functional Genomics: This course will begin and extend beyond the basics and prepare students to use sequence and structural information to solve biological problems. This course serves as an intermediate level class for graduate students who plan to work in the areas of computational biology or bioinformatics using available applications. This course will lay foundations for data storage, visualization, manipulation, comparison, and analysis of 1D- protein/DNA sequences and their corresponding experimental/model 3D-structures using existing bioinformatics tools. A basic introduction to scripting will also be included.

Questions? email Register here.