Noncredit Programs

In addition to earning academic credit through the School of Continuing & Professional Studies, there are opportunities for personal enrichment and professional development through a number of noncredit options. For more information, please call 314-935-6700 or visit the School of Continuing & Professional Studies website.

Special Audit Program

Students may audit a wide selection of undergraduate courses in the School of Continuing & Professional Studies for $400 per course. The Special Audit option makes it easier than ever for students to challenge themselves with high-quality, continuing education at Washington University in St. Louis.

All School of Continuing & Professional Studies courses available through the Special Audit program are noted with an “SA” icon in the course listings. Courses taken as Special Audit do not appear on a Washington University transcript, do not carry academic credit, and do not apply to degree requirements in a School of Continuing & Professional Studies program of study.

MLA Saturday Lecture Series

The MLA Lecture Series, which is held each spring and sponsored by the Master of Liberal Arts Program in the School of Continuing & Professional Studies, showcases university faculty who explore a common theme from different perspectives and academic disciplines. The lectures are offered free of charge to the public.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Washington University in St. Louis is a membership organization that offers interactive courses and lectures. Membership is open to adults age 50+; previous Washington University participation is not required. OLLI is part of Washington University’s School of Continuing & Professional Studies.

OLLI classes are not for credit; there are no exams and no grades. Participants do not have to have a previous relationship with Washington University to participate. Members bring their curiosity and come ready to participate.

OLLI offers courses on a wide variety of topics, including art and architecture, contemporary issues, creative writing, economics, history, literature, math/science/technology, music, and philosophy. OLLI members plan, develop, and present the courses on a volunteer basis.

The Institute has four terms per membership year: summer, fall, winter and spring. Courses usually meet two hours per week, for either four or eight weeks. A few special interest group courses continue year-round. Each term, OLLI offers a range of lectures and events that are free to members; most of these are delivered by Zoom on Friday afternoons.

For more information and to be put on the mailing list, visit the OLLI website or call 314-935-4237.

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