Wesleyan Courses

Eligibility and Benefit Details

Tenured, tenure-track, and adjunct faculty appointed for at least half time (.5 FTE) and administrative staff employed at least three-quarter time (.75 FTE) and their spouse or qualified domestic partner, are eligible to utilize the tuition benefit for enrollment in Wesleyan courses as described below.

Wesleyan’s employee tuition benefit program will cover tuition per year as follows:
  • Up to 2 courses in the fall
  • Up to 2 courses in the spring
  • Up to 2 courses in the summer
  • Up to 1 Winter Session course (undergraduate course only)
  • Up to a total of 6 full-credit courses per year

Eligible students receiving this benefit must pay registration fees and course fees, if applicable, and are responsible for purchasing any required books or other class materials. Students may take more than two courses in a term or more than six courses per year, but must pay all expenses, including tuition, registration and course fees for courses that exceed the Wesleyan benefit. Wesleyan staff, and partners of Wesleyan faculty and staff, who do not already have a bachelor's degree are encouraged to apply. They should consult with Wesleyan Human Resources to confirm eligibility for the tuition benefit.

Please note:

  • Classes taken during regularly scheduled work hours require supervisor approval.
  • Matriculation into a degree program (BA, BLS, MALS, MPhil, MA, or PhD) is subject to the regular admissions process for that degree.

Tax implications of the tuition benefit:

  • Tuition benefits for employees and/or spouses for undergraduate and graduate courses are taxable for amounts valued over $5,250 annually. Effective January 1, 2019, if the combined annual value of educational assistance exceeds $5,250 for you and/or your spouse and qualified domestic partner, the excess will be included in the employee's federal and state taxable wages according to the following schedule. The value of the benefit will be incurred consistent with the GLS withdrawal policy as stated on the GLS website for Graduate Liberal Studies courses, the BLS website for BLS students, and the Student Accounts site for Undergraduate/Graduate courses.

        Semester     Months of Taxation

        Spring           February through May

        Summer       July and August

        Fall                October through December

  • Tuition benefits for domestic partners are fully taxable. Effective January 1, 2007, the full value of the benefit, when incurred, will be included in the employee's federal and state taxable wages for the remainder of the year. The value of the benefit will be incurred consistent with the GLSP withdrawal policy as stated on the GLS site for Graduate Liberal Studies courses, the BLS website for BLS students, and the Student Accounts site for Undergraduate/Graduate courses.

Programs and degrees:

Graduate Liberal Studies: Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts (MPhil)
Program description: http://www.wesleyan.edu/masters

After applying to the GLS program as either a degree-seeking or as a non-degree-seeking student, applicants will be notified once they have been approved to register for courses. Applicants for the MALS or MPhil degree must have already completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, however special permission may be granted to students without a bachelor’s degree to take GLS courses and apply them to the Bachelor of Liberal studies (see below) or to take GLS courses as a non-degree student. Eligible students will be able to register for GLS courses one week after the registration period begins for each term.

Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS)
Program description: http://www.wesleyan.edu/bls

Eligible individuals may apply for Wesleyan’s Bachelor of Liberal Studies. Admitted BLS degree candidates may start in fall or spring terms. Students may take undergraduate courses in the fall or spring terms or during Summer Session or Winter Session, and may also be eligible to take courses offered via the Graduate Liberal Studies program and apply them to the BLS.

Undergraduate courses are described in Wesmaps; GLS courses are described on the GLS website.

Community Scholars – non-degree study
Program description: http://www.wesleyan.edu/nondegree

Eligible individuals interested in taking undergraduate courses but who do not seek a degree, or those wishing to start taking undergraduate courses in summer or winter term with the intention of applying to BLS degree in the following (fall or spring) term, should apply to be Community Scholars. Please note: not all course types are covered by this program (e.g. programs where contracted instructors are required would not be eligible). Those with or without degrees are encouraged to apply.  They should consult with Wesleyan Human Resources to confirm eligibility.

Graduate Courses
Program description: http://www.wesleyan.edu/grad/graduate-programs/specialstudentnondegree.html

Eligible individuals holding a B.A. degree or equivalent may apply to take graduate courses as a Special Graduate Student. Prior to registration, the Special Graduate Student will be required to obtain written permission to enter courses from the instructor of the course in which he or she wishes to be enrolled, and permission from the chair of the department under which the course is offered.