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Graduate Special Non-Degree Seeking Students

If you are a post-baccalaureate student who wishes to take graduate courses (.500-level and above) but is not interested in earning a degree at this time, you must apply for graduate special (non-degree) student status. Here's how:

  1. We strongly encourage you to first speak with a faculty adviser.
  2. You must possess a bachelor's or graduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university and have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate studies (including incomplete programs of study and for programs still in progress) to be approved for graduate special student status.
  3. Submit a Graduate Special Student Admission Application with a $25 application fee. You may apply online. Note: Financial aid is not available for special (non-degree) students. School of Education graduates need only to submit a Graduate Special Student Admission Application.
  4. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. To be deemed official, transcripts must be received in the Office of Admissions in the institution's sealed envelope. Academic records from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated by a certified credential evaluation agency. Please see the International Students Admissions Policy for details.

Please note the following policies:

  • Graduate special students who subsequently wish to enroll in a School of Education degree or certificate program must submit a new application and all required supporting materials (see How to Apply). Prior admission as a graduate special student does not guarantee subsequent admission to a School of Education degree or certificate program.
  • Any application of credits earned as a graduate special student toward a degree or certificate is subject to approval by the program lead/admissions committee. The number of credits earned as a graduate special student that may be applied toward a School of Education degree or certificate varies by program, but in no case shall exceed 9 credits. Graduate special students who do not intend to pursue or apply credits toward a degree or certificate program may register for courses totaling more than 9 credits, but in no circumstances can these additional credits be applied towards a School of Education degree or certificate program.
  • Graduate Special Student (Non-Degree) applicants wishing to register for courses above the .500-level must receive the approval from the academic area of emphasis to which the course belongs. Some courses are restricted to degree-seeking students only.
  • Graduate Special Student (Non-Degree) applicants can expect to receive an admission decision via email, generally no more than two weeks after submission of the complete application.

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