Graduate Non-Degree

Taking a Graduate-level class has never been easier

Marymount University encourages those in our community to grow professionally and learn something new by opening our graduate-level classes to all. Whether you’re interested in strengthening your skills in your current field, or trying something new, Marymount has the tools you need to take the next step.

Explore the fields below to see what graduate-level non-degree classes are offered in each discipline!



MBA511 Management Foundations

This is the foundational M.B.A. course. Critical thinking and reasoning with quantitative date, managerial problem solving, legal/ethical decision making, communication, and leadership skills are introduced in this course. These skills are practiced in an active student-learning environment as students are challenged to begin to apply essential business principles to a variety of management challenges while developing a global perspective on change, service to society and leadership.

First Mini-Mester: Wednesdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM
50% – 75% Online, Some In-Person

MBA512 Accounting for Managers

Examines the process of preparing, analyzing, and interpreting financial statements with emphasis on how the resulting information is then used by managers within the firm as well as investors and creditors outside the firm. Students will interpret financial statements to extract information about the organization’s goods, services, and functions and use that information to organize resources, develop and implement plans, and evaluate the effectiveness/efficiency of plans and operations. Students will also analyze financial statements from the perspective of investors or creditors basing investment and/or lending decision on the information contained therein.

First Mini-Mester: Saturdays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
50% – 75% Online, Some In-Person

MBA514 Business Analytics

Provides students with an understanding of the concepts and applications of quantitative methods and models to support managerial decision-making processes throughout the organization. Spreadsheet software and other quantitative techniques will be used to analyze business problems. Students will determine appropriate quantitative techniques or tools and apply them to solve specific problems.

Second Mini-Mester: Tuesdays 6:45 PM – 9:15 PM
Online & Some Synchronous

MBA515 Behavior Management in Organizations

Addresses the best contemporary management and organizational theories and their roots. This critical analysis will examine the influence of individual, group, and organizational processes on behavior in organizations. The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with principles that can be applied to manage human resources, enhance individual and group performance, and increase organizational effectiveness.

First Mini-Mester
Online & Asynchronous

MBA516 Business Law and Ethics

This course examines the role of law, legal procedure, and ethical reasoning in the management of business enterprises. It concentrates on the U.S. Constitution as the basis for all law, business organization and corporate functions, judicial system and administrative processes, contract law, tort law, employment law, consumer protection, securities and legal-ethical concerns. In addition, it considers the dominant theories in the realm of ethics, and the way in which ethical concepts and principles may reinforce, inform, or require more than the law. The course provides a broad understanding of the reciprocal influence between business, legislation, and ethical practice.

Second Mini-Mester: Wednesdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM
Online & Some Synchronous

MBA517 Leading in Business

Provides graduate students with an integrated understanding of leadership theory and practice across multiple levels of analysis and fields of practice including ethical and sustainable implications for leading. Readings and assignments focus students on leading and leadership development for service and for profit organizations as well as their own self development within the context of application and engagement with any group or organization.

Second Mini-Mester: Thursdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM
50% – 75% Online, Some In-Person

MBA519 Operations Management

Examines the management of business operations, the tools and techniques used by operations managers in manufacturing and service industries, the interaction of production functions, and the synthesis of concepts and techniques relating to and enhancing the management of production systems and the provision of services. The course focuses on applying the operational methodologies covered in class to real world cases to solve business situations and address business issues that are challenging to managers in this global environment.

Second Mini-Mester: Mondays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM
50% – 75% Online, Some In-Person

MBA521 Marketing Concepts/Practice

A comprehensive study of the concepts and practices of marketing with an in-depth investigation of the interacting marketing systems and activities that deliver goods and services and that create value for existing and new customers. This inquiry involves the application of several disciplines of business management to a decision-oriented marketing process involving considerations of product, price, place, and promotion in a global environment.

Second Mini-Mester
Online & Asynchronous 

MBA585 Global Business Experience

A study of the context and content of international business ventures with a real-world country specific application of the global strategies that create business success beyond domestic markets. Includes a required one-week structured study abroad with the Center for Global Education during the spring semester. (As a Center for Global Education co-sponsored course, the course cost during the spring semester includes tuition as well as fees specific to the study abroad component

First Mini-Mester: Thursdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM
50% – 75% Online, Some In-Person

Information Technology & Cybersecurity


IT510 Requirements Analysis and Management

Examines the collection of requirements and takes a systematic and disciplined approach to the entire system life cycle. The course includes planning, requirements definition, modeling, estimating, analysis and design, coding, integration, testing, quality assurance, and management. The course focuses on object-oriented techniques and students get practical experience with the Unified Modeling Language (UML) to produce high-quality software.

Full Semester: Thursdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM
In-Person OR Online & Some Synchronous

IT520 Enterprise Infrastructures and Networks

Covers the technology and management of the various components of today’s enterprise IT infrastructure, including hardware, software, and networks. The course examines network architectures, network protocols, network management, IT support models, performance metrics, and operating systems. It also considers data communication and messaging in a global context.

Full Semester: Tuesdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM
In-Person OR Online & Some Synchronous 

IT530 Computer Security

Provides an overview for the computer security risks facing enterprises today and covers the many options available for mitigation of these risks. Topics include security concepts, controls, and techniques; standards; designing, monitoring, and securing operating systems; hardware; applications; databases; networks (wired and wireless); and the controls used to enforce various levels of availability, confidentiality, and integrity. Computer security is taught in the context of the increasingly global and distributed environment of today’s enterprise. Business continuity and disaster recovery planning are also discussed. Prerequisite: IT 520 with a minimum grade of B-.

Full Semester: Tuesdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM
In-Person OR Online & Some Synchronous 

IT540 Enterprise Data Management and Analysis

Recognizing the increasing dependence on data to manage today’s enterprises, this course covers the design, development, management, and use of today’s transaction-based databases and data warehouses. The course covers the entire life cycle from planning; physical and logical design; extract, transfer, and load (ETL) applications; and data querying and reporting. The course provides practical experience with a relational database and with the Extensible Markup Language (XML) and the XML Stylesheet Language (XSL) for data transfer.

Full Semester: Wednesdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM
In-Person OR Online & Some Synchronous

IT543 Project Management

Combines quantitative tools, concepts, and methods with behavioral science techniques to enable managers to plan, initiate, organize, lead, and manage projects within matrix and project organizations and under time pressure, rapid change conditions, and other conditions of rush.

Full Semester
Online & Asynchronous

IT570 Cybersecurity: Law, Policy, Ethics & Compliance

Focuses on the law, policy, ethics, and compliance issues concerning cybersecurity as information is collected and communicated in today’s networked world. International security law and legal principles are covered as well as topics such as ethics, privacy, and compliance. The theory and principles behind these topics are explored in depth, and students prepare a research paper on a contemporary topic relating to the field. Policy documents are critiqued and compliance issues are discussed. Students are expected to independently research the issues, make presentations to the class, and support their case.

Full Semester
Online & Asynchronous

IT575 Information Security Management

Covers the knowledge and skills for the management of security in today’s enterprise IT environments. It focuses on planning, designing, implementing, managing, and auditing security at all levels. Automated security management systems are discussed in detail. It examines the best practices and global standards in this emerging field.

Full Semester: Tuesdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM

IT585 Managing Technical People

Teaches the basic concepts and skills needed to manage technical people in high-performance environments. It is designed specifically for technical professionals who are planning to become team leaders, supervisors, and managers.

Full Semester: Thursdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM

Interior Architecture + Design


ID121 Freehand Drafting

Introductory course in freehand drafting for the representation and study of architectural form and the interior environment. Includes lettering, floor plans, sections, elevations, perspectives, and isometric drawings using various paper-based media.

ID231 Textiles and Finish Materials

Focuses on textiles and finish materials used in interior environments with an emphasis on types of fiber, construction techniques, and the end use of products. Collection for a database of textiles and materials is required. Sustainable design, building codes, standards, and regulations are studied.

ID122 Sketching and Rendering for Ideas

This course explores the fundamental methods of graphic analysis, freehand sketching, and rendering for recording ideas and observations visually. These visual skills help designers be creative and understand the documentation of work for construction. Emphasis will be placed on rapid and notational sketching for the built environment; rendering skills for architectural interiors and exteriors, furnishings, and accessories; and material simulation and delineation techniques through a variety of media, including pen and ink, watercolor, and markers.

ID102 Foundation Studio I

Introductory studio that explores creative, abstract design-thinking as it relates to humans and the built environment. Techniques of abstract ideation will be explored through design theories, design conceptualization and diagramming, and drawing and modeling in 2-D and 3-D compositions. Emphasis will be on creating a series of small-scale environments translating space and form through the interaction of the person and the environment.

VIS121 Intro to Digital Tools

A hands-on introduction for new users to the features and capabilities of digital design software. Explore and learn introductory technology skills and tools used for today’s digital world. Students will acquire basic skills for Mac OS, iOS, Windows and Android, Adobe Creative Cloud applications.


Nondegree students need permission from the Director of the School of Design + Art to enroll in Interior Architecture + Design courses. Nondegree students are limited to no more than four major courses, up to twelve (12) credits.



CE500 Research and Evaluation

Provides an overview of various research approaches, methods, and techniques, with an emphasis on interpretation of published research data. Topics include methods of data analysis, research designs, data collection techniques, and writing research reports

Full Semester: Wednesdays 3:30 PM – 6:15 PM or 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM

CE501 Bases of Psychopathology

Examines various contemporary views of abnormal behavior such as the medical, behavioristic, and humanistic models, and theories of personality. Disorders are examined in terms of individual, biological, and socially causative factors. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program.

Full Semester: Tuesdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM

CE502 Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in CMHC

Examines contemporary views of behavior in a sociocultural and historical perspective, enabling the student to acquire a holistic overview of the counseling field. Addresses professional, legal, and ethical issues in clinical mental health counseling. Must be completed prior to or concurrent with any clinical and professional skills courses.

Full Semester: Tuesdays 3:30 PM – 6:15 PM

CE503 Advanced Human Growth and Development

A survey of research and findings in the field of development across the life span. Topics include philosophical models of development such as the organismic and contextual models; the nature-nurture and continuity-discontinuity controversies; and state theories of development such as those of Kohlberg, Piaget, Freud, and Erikson.

Full Semester: Mondays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM

CE508 Crisis Intervention

This class will familiarize students with the different aspects of crisis intervention, including an examination of various crisis situations; crisis assessment; intervention strategies, models, and techniques; and a critical analysis of developmental, situational, and existential crises.

Full Semester: Wednesdays 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

CE509 Substance Abuse Assessment & Intervention

The goal is to familiarize the student with the various aspects of substance abuse and its treatment. Topics include definitions and conceptualizations of substance abuse; medical, social, and behavioral models of addiction; psychopharmacology of drugs; and intervention strategies and techniques

Full Semester: Thursdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM

CE510 Survey of Testing & Assessment

An overview of test design, construction, and interpretation. Emphasis is placed on intellectual, cognitive, and educational tests, while personality, vocational, and interest inventories also are introduced. Practical issues of testing, including ethical concerns, are examined.

Full Semester: Mondays 3:30 PM – 6:15 PM or Thursdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM

CE520 Theories of Counseling

Furnishes an overview of theories of counseling and psychotherapy and examines the philosophical systems underlying those models. The course also provides a background in professional ethics and standards and knowledge of issues related to the application of psychological services to diverse populations. Must be taken prior to or concurrent with any clinical and professional skills courses. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program.

Full Semester: Wednesdays 3:30 PM – 6:15 PM or 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM

CE522 Counseling for Individuals (requires permission)

Focuses on skills necessary for effective interaction and communication in a variety of situations, with the emphasis on individual counseling and consultation.

Full Semester: Wednesdays 3:30 PM – 6:15 PM or Thursdays 3:30 PM – 6:15 PM or Thursdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM

CE524 Theory and Techniques of Family Counseling

Provides an eclectic view of family dynamics and counseling strategies while also providing the student with practical skills for working with families of diverse backgrounds. Prerequisite: CE 522C or CE 522S.

Full Semester: Wednesdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM

CE530 Career Development Counseling

Presents a framework for understanding how career development issues unfold, what the appropriate counseling procedures are at each stage, and use of various assessment procedures.

Full Semester: Thursdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM

CE551 Multicultural Counseling

A survey of mental health literature concerning the role of cultural, ethnic, and racial influences on behavior, coping, symptoms, assessment, psychopathology, and treatment. Focus is on developing an understanding of the impact of ethnicity on the mental health status of minority individuals.

Full Semester: Mondays 3:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Teacher Education


ED500SL Foundations of Learning & the Teaching Profession

This course explores the historical, sociological, and philosophical foundations of education and the teaching profession with emphasis on current trends and issues. The role of various organizations upon its structure and operation along with teacher responsibilities toward professional and ethical standards, and the legal issues that impact the classroom will be addressedAn introduction to curriculum design, standards and accountability, and lesson planning to support the needs of all learners is covered.

Field experience: A minimum 10-hour service-learning component is required.

Full Semester: Thursdays 6:45 PM – 9:30 PM
50% – 75% Online & Some In-Person

ED509 Special Education: Foundations and Characteristics of Exceptional Learners

This course is designed for students to become knowledgeable in the foundations of special education in relation to students with federally recognized disabilities labels. This includes historical perspectives, legal aspects, regulatory requirements, models, theories, philosophies, ethical issues, and trends that provide the basis for educational implications in school and home settings. The course also covers developmental characteristics of individuals with high-incidence disabilities, including but not limited to cognitive, linguistic, physical, psychomotor, social, medical, and emotional development. 

Field experience: 10 hours.
Prerequisite: a lifespan and development course that encompasses kindergarten-age students through adolescents.

Full Semester
Online & Asynchronous

English & Humanities


EN559 Studies in Creative Writing: Writing to Witness

This semester we’ll focus on the act of witness in creative writing and explore the ways that bearing testimony to our own experiences can lead to growth, discovery, and healing. Students will have the chance to try out a variety of genres according to their interests (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and hybrid forms). Our readings will cover the craft and theory of writing to witness, as well as powerful examples from the literature of witness.

Full Semester: Sundays Time TBD

Fall Semester Schedule

Course times and formats vary by course and department. Classes are available during the day, in the evening, and occasionally on the weekends. Most classes are in-person, however online and hybrid options are also available.

Start Date End Date
Full Semester Courses August 29 December 17
First Mini-Mester Courses August 29 October 22
Second Mini-Mester Courses October 24 December 17

Tuition & Fees

Learn more about tuition and fees here.

Ready to apply?

The application process to take classes as a non-degree student is quick and easy.

Application requirements

  • Completed non-degree application
  • Updated resume
  • Transcripts* of all postsecondary education including evidence of bachelor’s degree
    • *We can accept either unofficial or official copies of your transcripts for the admissions process. However we will require official transcripts be sent from all institutions by matriculation and any outstanding materials will be noted on your admissions offer letter.
    • Official transcripts can be sent directly to Marymount University’s Office of Graduate Enrollment Services, 2807 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207, or via an online delivery system from your institution to
      • Online delivery of official transcripts is strongly preferred due to delays in postal mail processing.

Apply Now    

International Students

International students seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa are typically ineligible for non-degree study. Exceptions exist for students enrolled in our Intensive English Language Program (IELP), the English for Academic Purposes (EAP), or those pursuant to the terms of an exchange agreement or memorandum of understanding with Marymount University.

For international students currently enrolled at a U.S. institution in F-1 status, non-degree study may be permitted if the following apply:

  • Participating in an Optional Practical Training (OPT) program approved by USCIS with the intent of professional development.
  • Visiting student seeking a course not offered at your current institution. Both Marymount University and your F1 program institution must be in approval.
  • If you are an international student interested in non-degree coursework and meet the above criteria, please email for consultation.


We also offer graduate certificate and full degree programs that start in the Fall! If you’d like to learn more, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to speak with a member of our team.

Office of Graduate Admissions