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Online Graduate Courses for Continuing Education

Step 1: Apply for Admission to NC State University as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) Student

Note: If you are a degree- or non-degree-seeking student who has been continuously enrolled, you may register for available online courses through MyPack portal.

Only students admitted to NC State can take classes at the University. Students interested in Undergraduate Certificate programs must first apply as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student. Admission to NDS does not imply admission to an NC State certificate or degree program. NDS students are classified as non-degree-seeking. Grades earned as an NDS student will go toward the student’s NC State University grade point average or may be transferred to another institution based on that institution’s transfer policy.

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be considered for the Undergraduate Certificate Programs.The Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) classification is assigned to NDS students who have earned a bachelor’s degree. Enrolling as a PBS student is an excellent way to explore different fields of study to fulfill your personal and career goals.

If new NDS applications are not currently being accepted, you must wait to apply until after the start-of-term lock-out ends. You will not be able to take a class until next term.

To register as a new Non-Degree Studies student:

  • Begin by checking your eligibility for Non-Degree Studies (NDS) status.
  • If you meet the criteria for enrolling as an NDS student, and
    • you have never attended NC State as a degree-seeking student, OR
    • you graduated with a degree from NC State and wish to enroll as a NDS student, OR
    • you previously attended NC State as an NDS student, but have not enrolled in courses for a year or longer,

    you should complete the online application. All applications require a non-refundable $25 Application Fee.

Note: NDS applications are good for a full year. For example, if you apply for Summer I, you do not need to submit a separate application for Summer II, Fall, or Spring.

The Registration & Records website provides additional information and answers to questions about Non-Degree Studies at NC State University.

Apply to the NDS Program

Step 2: Pay Tuition

NDS students are required to prepay their tuition before they can register for classes. To pay your tuition:

Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. We encourage you to contact your financial aid advisor in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Criteria for funding is based on academic merit, demonstrated financial need, and enrollment in multiple Online and Distance Education courses per semester. For additional information, please visit NC State’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website, or call (919) 515-2421. NC State also offers a monthly payment plan.

For additional information and answers to questions about tuition and fees, visit the Cashier’s Office website.

Step 3: Register for Your Class

After acceptance into the program the coordinator will assist you in selecting courses each semester from those listed. To register for classes you will need an NC State student ID number and/or NC State Unity (computer system) ID and password. These will be e-mailed to you once your NDS application has been processed and accepted.

  • NDS students can register for classes only after the open enrollment period begins. Click on the link for the term in which you wish to register to find its open enrollment date:
  • Using your NC State Unity ID and password, log-in to the MyPack portal, and select the class(es) for which you wish to register.

Step 4: Start Your Class

As the semester or summer session nears, the lead instructor for your course will be in contact with information about accessing the course. Most distance education courses at NC State are accessible through Wolfware. You will use your Unity ID and password to log in.

Online Graduate Certificate in Mathematics

Step 1: Apply to the online Graduate Certificate in Mathematics program

The Graduate School oversees the application process for each program. The Graduate School has its own criteria for admission, but the online Graduate Certificate in Mathematics program has specific admissions requirements as well. To understand more about the Graduate School admission requirements, visit the Graduate School Support Center. There you will find information regarding frequently asked questions along with Self Service features, Live Chat, and technical support.

For admission to the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics program, the department requires an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8 (based on a 4.0 scale) coupled with a 3.0 or higher in the undergraduate major, provided that the major is in an accredited mathematics or engineering program. Students not possessing degrees from accredited mathematical programs may still be considered for the program if they have completed suitable mathematics coursework in preparation for advanced coursework in mathematics.

For applicants whose native language is not English, minimum TOEFL score requirements on the internet-based test are a total score of at least 80 with minimum test scores of 18 each for listening, reading, writing and speaking.

You may submit your graduate application for the online certificate here.

You can check the status of your application at any time.

Apply to the Certificate Program

Time to completion: Students can finish in as little as 3 semesters. However, working professionals who wish to pursue the degree part-time may take as little as one course per semester as long as they complete the degree within 6 years

Step 2: Register for Classes

Once admitted, you will be provided with an NC State student ID, password, and username, which you will need to register for courses. You will also be assigned an advisor from the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Mathematics.

  • Visit the course listings webpage to peruse course descriptions. Should you have any questions, contact our online program coordinator.
  • Contact your advisor each semester to discuss your planned courses. Your advisor will lift your advising hold so that you can register.
  • Go to MyPackPortal to register for classes. MyPack portal is also a self-service system for students to update personal or academic information as well as a way to review semester schedules.
  • Verify your schedule.

Step 3: Pay Your Tuition

Tuition information is here. You may visit the Cashier’s Office & Student Accounts website to complete the tuition payment process. All inquiries regarding payments and cost of tuition should be directed to the cashier’s office. Your tuition bill must be paid by its due date in order to hold your seat in your classes.


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Upcoming Deadlines

Certificate Programs

  • Apply by June 25th for Fall
  • Apply by November 25th for Spring
  • Apply by March 25th for Summer I
  • Apply by May 10th for Summer II

Applications may be considered past the deadline as space permits.

Tuition & Monthly Payment Plans

Tuition and fee information for the upcoming semester can be found on NC State's Online and Distance Education site. Current students may find their information on the Cashier's Office & Student Accounts website.

NC State offers a monthly payment plan.

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