Courses taken after matriculation to satisfy prerequisites do not count towards the credits required for the degree.

Students may fulfill prerequisites at any accredited college or university. However, students wishing to enroll in a distance learning course (e.g., online), in order to fulfill a prerequisite, are encouraged to seek prior approval to make sure the course is appropriate to fulfill the prerequisite requirement.

Send an email to, which includes:

  • the name of the institution
  • course title
  • course number
  • number of credits
  • dates of the course 
  • corresponding web-address with course details

Pre-Approved Distance Learning Course List

The Nicholas School maintains a short list of Pre-Approved Distance Learning Courses (for fulfilling prerequisites only). To request the list, email

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