Non-Degree Students

I am not a TSPPPA student, may I register for your classes?

We do allow non-degree (visiting) students and students from other GW degree programs to take TSPPPA courses, pending sufficient space. Course registration will require TSPPPA approval. Please visit the Office of University Students for application and tuition information.

To learn about transferring courses taken as a non-degree student into the Trachtenberg School, please see our Transfer Applicants page.

Many of our courses are coded such that Trachtenberg School students receive priority registration. Registration requests depend on availability of space in courses as well as a variety of factors, including year of study and degree/concentration. (Selection of students to be promoted from the waitlist is not always simply a first-come, first-served process.) The School maintains a waitlist (spreadsheet) for courses on which these restrictions are placed.

If you are a non-degree student:

  1. Start with the Office of University Students.
  2. Once you have identified which course you would like to take, you should determine if it is being offered in the desired semester by viewing the Schedule of Classes. Note that some courses have labs, or are cross-listed with other departments (see "Linked" and "XList" in the far right column). An example of a linked class is our Research Methods and Applied Statistics course, PPPA 6002, which is linked to a required computer lab. An example of a cross-listed class is Benefit-Cost Analysis, PPPA 6015, also listed as ECON 2222.
  3. Then, email the Trachtenberg School to request to be added to the waitlist for the course.
  4. We will notify you the week before classes start whether (or not) we will be able to add you. This will depend on available space.
  5. The week before classes begin we will evaluate space in courses and the waitlists to determine if there is space.
  6. We will then notify you if there is (or is not) space; if there is space, we will request that you confirm interest and submit a Registration Transaction Form to be signed by the School. (This form can be emailed to [email protected], faxed to (202) 994-6792, or hand-delivered to the office in the MPA Building, Suite 601.)
  7. The form is then forwarded to the Office of University Students for their signature; they will forward it to the Registrar's Office where the form is officially processed.

If you are a GW student:

  1. Once you have identified which course you would like to take, you should determine if it is being offered in the desired semester by viewing the Schedule of Classes. Note that some courses have labs, or are cross-listed with other departments (see "Linked" and "XList" in the far right column). An example of a linked class is our Research Methods and Applied Statistics course, PPPA 6002, which is linked to a required computer lab. An example of a cross-listed class is Benefit-Cost Analysis, PPPA 6015, also listed as ECON 2222.
  2. Then, email the Trachtenberg School ([email protected]) to request to be added to the waitlist for the course.
  3. We will notify you the week before classes start whether (or not) we will be able to add you. This will depend on available space.
  4. The week before classes begin we will evaluate space in courses and the waitlists to determine if there is space.
  5. We will then notify you if there is (or is not) space; if there is space, we will request that you confirm interest and submit a Registration Transaction Form to be signed by the School. (This form can be emailed to [email protected], faxed to 202-994-6792, or hand-delivered to the office in the MPA Building, Suite 601.)
  6. The form is then sent to the relevant office (Colonial Central for RTF-EZ; student's Dean's Office for regular RTF). The form is officially processed by Registrar's Office, so students may not appear immediately on the course roster (nor on the course enrollment counts in GWeb).