Certificate/Non-Degree Seeking Students

Certificates and other programs for students who are not seeking degrees offer excellent exposure to Illinois Tech's high-quality academic experience.

Options for undergraduates include certificate programs, programs that are open to visiting and exchange students, and an option for students in the Military Science/Crosstown ROTC program. VanderCook College of Music students are also welcome to apply. Graduate students who are not seeking advanced degrees also may take certificate courses.

For all non-degree courses, please check the course schedule.

Applying as a non-degree-seeking and visiting/exchange student is an easy, three-step progress.

STEP ONEComplete an Application

Illinois Tech accepts applications for fall, spring, and summer term.

  • The fall term runs from August to December
  • The spring term runs from late January to mid May
  • The summer term runs from end of May to mid August

Application deadlines vary depending on the term in which you wish to study.

Apply Now: Non-Degree-Seeking (U.S. Domestic)

Apply Now: Visiting/Exchange (International)

STEP TWO: Submit Your Unofficial Transcript

Non-degree-seeking applicants will need to submit unofficial transcripts as evidence that they have met prerequisites for the courses they wish to take. Email your supporting documents to ugaprocessing@iit.edu, or mail them to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 West 33rd Street
Perlstein Hall, Room 101
Chicago, IL 60616

STEP THREE: Additional application requirements apply to visiting/exchange students and students in the Military/Crosstown ROTC program.

The Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering offers the certificate in Engineering Graphics and CAD. This program is designed to prepare specialists in graphics for positions in business and industry. Students completing the specified courses with satisfactory grades will be awarded a certificate of completion. This certificate is available only to students enrolled in a degree program at the university and does not qualify for federal financial aid. Consult the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering section in the bulletin for further information.

The certificate in Industrial Technology and Management is for individuals who want to improve management, supervisory, and decision-making skills required for world-class industrial operations. This certificate does not qualify for federal financial aid. Consult the Industrial Technology and Management section in this bulletin for further information.

The Department of Psychology offers the certificate in Industrial Training. This certificate is designed to help individuals learn methods of knowledge delivery in industrial training settings. This certificate is only available to students enrolled in a degree program at the university and does not qualify for federal financial aid. Consult the Department of Psychology section in this bulletin for further information.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

Departments that offer post-baccalaureate certificate programs include: Chemical and Biological Engineering; Chemistry; Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Food Science and Nutrition; Humanities; Information Technology and Management; Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering; Physics; and Psychology. Certificate programs are also offered by Stuart School of Business.

For a complete list of graduate certificate programs, consult the current graduate bulletin.

Gainful Employment Information

As of July 1, 2011, institutions must disclose the following information about each of the institution’s certificate programs that lead to gainful employment: the name of the certificate program, the Classification of Instructional Programs Code and the Standard Occupation Code, tuition and fee charges, the typical cost of books and supplies, and the average cost of room and board. As of July 1, 2017, disclosures must be made available online for each program on the individual program page.

Illinois Tech's accreditor does not require the calculation of job-placement rates; therefore, the university is unable to disclose such rates. Once the National Center of Education Statistics publishes its methodology for calculating placement rates, the university will use it to calculate such rates.

Per Gainful Employment guidelines, if the number of students who completed a Gainful Employment program during the award year was fewer than 10, the school cannot disclose median loan debt and on-time completion rate for privacy reasons.

This information is current and accurate as of the date of this publication. The most current information can be found on this list of Gainful Employment programs.

The International Visiting and Exchange Program is for students who are enrolled full-time overseas and interested in spending a semester or a year at Illinois Tech. This program allows you to study among a diverse student body in one of the world's greatest cities.

Please consult the international office at your current university for more information regarding your study abroad experience and to verify whether your institution has a direct exchange agreement with Illinois Tech.

Read more about the requirements for international visiting and exchange students. 

Students who want to enroll in undergraduate coursework at Illinois Tech at less than full-time status for ROTC and who are from crosstown institutions, or students who do not intend to obtain an Illinois Tech degree, must fill out the appropriate form(s) below.

Crosstown ROTC Admission Form
Crosstown ROTC Registration Form

For more information on the Military Science/Crosstown ROTC Program, contact Illinois Tech's Office of the Registrar at 312.567.3100.

Students should submit unofficial transcripts in addition to their applications.