Students who want to enroll in undergraduate classes not on campus but who are not yet seeking a Bachelor’s degree, typically apply as an undergraduate non-degree student. Credit earned as an undergraduate non-degree student can be applied towards an undergraduate degree later down the road. Undergraduate courses offered by traditional schools, such as universities or community colleges, usually require that a student be a full-time student to be accepted. These students must still meet all program requirements in order to graduate.
There are also graduate programs outside of the classroom that offer credit for work experience. An example is the Masters program in Hospitality Management at the University of Phoenix. The program provides students with the training they need to succeed in the hospitality industry. Students may take part in internship programs, and complete coursework in the areas of public relations, sales, and marketing. Students also have the opportunity to get their hands dirty by performing work in a clinical setting, hospital or office, as a receptionist, or bookkeeping assistant.
Students looking to take part in graduate programs should remember that just because they did not choose to major in the specific area of study that they plan on going into does not mean that they cannot participate in any of the general courses that are required for graduation. Many graduate courses require core courses in business, liberal arts, and psychology. Undergraduate classes also include modules in business, human resources, organizational behavior, information systems, and psychology. Students who decide to enter the workplace after graduation will often choose advanced graduate programs that focus on business, finance, and accounting.