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Continuing Studies

JGSBS welcomes students who wish to take courses without committing to a degree or certificate program. We accommodate such students by enrolling them under our non-degree option.

Students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and with various life experiences take courses under the non-degree option.

Reasons for taking such courses include:

  • Learning a new skill set or subject matter
  • Building on professional and life experiences
  • Satifying a need for lifelong learning
  • Preparing for graduate study

Courses taken by continuing studies students are the same courses taken by students in our Certificate and Master of Science programs. If a continuing studies student eventually applies to and is accepted by a certificate or degree program at JGSBS, credit for any courses in which a grade of B or better was earned can be transferred to the certificate or degree program.

Application Requirements

Applications for Non-degree status are considered throughout the year and newly matriculated students may begin coursework in any academic term.

1. Application:

Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (JGSBS) uses an online application.
In the program drop-down list, select JGSBS Non-Degree

2. $10.00 Application Fee (non-refundable)

3. Personal Statement

Describe your specific reasons for applying to Thomas Jefferson University . Detail your professional objectives, including your areas of interest regarding research, study, and career.

4. Resume/CV

5. Official Transcripts*

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. This includes any study-abroad programs or transfer credit not reflected on undergraduate transcripts with full course titles and final grades.
If your courses were completed outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from WES (

Transcripts need to be received by the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope with an official signature or stamp across the sealed flap. Send to

JGSBS Office of Admissions
Suite M-46, Jefferson Alumni Hall
1020 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-6799

6. English Language Proficiency:

If your native language is not English, or you received your baccalaureate degree from an institution where English is not the official language of instruction (for a comprehensive list, click here)  you must submit official scores from an accepted English proficiency exam such as TOEFL or IELTS.

Under no circumstances can any application materials submitted to the Office of Admission be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another college, university, or third party. All records submitted in support of an Application for Admission become property of Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University.