Graduate Non-Degree Enrollment

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Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree may elect to enroll in graduate courses as non-degree students. Students generally choose non-degree status when:

  • their academic goal is not completion of a degree or certificate program
  • they wish to attempt course work prior to applying to or beginning a graduate program

Non-degree students should be aware that many departments limit entry to courses at the 600 level to fully matriculated students enrolled in a specific graduate program. If you are enrolled in undergraduate coursework as a graduate non-degree seeking student, you will not earn credit for that work.

If a student has been denied admission to a degree-seeking program, they are not eligible for non-degree status for the same academic term. Students academically dismissed from a graduate program are not eligible for non-degree status.

Non-degree students must submit a transcript with a conferred bachelor's or master’s degree in order to register for graduate courses. Students must have earned a minimum GPA of 2.75 (overall or final 60) in their degree to be eligible for admission.

Non-degree applicants who earned their degree outside the U.S. must meet the minimum English language requirement.

Degree-seeking candidates have priority for registration above non-degree students. Non-degree students who wish to take courses above the 600 level may do so after a transcript evaluation. Requests for an evaluation should be directed to the program director. Some courses are available to degree-seeking candidates only. Students should consult the department with questions. A limit of 12 units, taken while a non-degree student, may be applied to a degree program with the approval of the program director. Students holding an F1 visa are not eligible for non-degree status. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

Application Deadlines

Fall, Spring and Summer Deadlines

  • Fall: August 20   
  • Spring: January 15    
  • Summer: June 15

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Contact Information

University Admissions

Enrollment Services Building
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM