Academic Catalog: Graduate Special Students (Non-Degree)

Post-baccalaureate students who wish to take graduate level credit courses (.500-level and above), but who are not interested in earning a degree or certificate, may enroll as Graduate Special Students (Non-Degree). Potential Graduate Special Student (Non-Degree) applicants should speak with the Office of Admissions (410-516-9797) before applying.

Note: Graduate Special Student (Non-Degree) status is not permitted for persons seeking initial teacher certification, nor are Graduate Special Students (Non-Degree) eligible to apply for financial aid.

Graduate Special Students (Non-Degree) must meet all prerequisites for course registration and are subject to School of Education academic standards. Graduate Special Students (Non-Degree) must possess a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an 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). 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 must submit:

  • an application online
  • $25 application fee
  • official transcripts from all accredited post-secondary institutions attended

Graduate Special Student (Non-Degree) applicants will receive an admission decision via email, generally no more than two weeks after submission of the complete application.



Graduate Special Students (Non-Degree) 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 Admission Application Instructions). Prior admission as a Graduate Special Student (Non-Degree) does not guarantee subsequent admission to a School of Education degree or certificate program. Any application of credits earned as a Graduate Special Student (Non-Degree) toward a degree or certificate is subject to approval by the program to which the applicant is seeking admission. The number of credits earned by a Graduate Special Student (Non-Degree) 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 (Non-Degree) 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) status is well suited for School of Education graduate degree- and certificate-holders who are interested in taking additional courses for personal and professional development, as opposed to pursuing another degree or certificate. School of Education alumni may enroll in further courses by completing the online application. No additional transcripts or application fees are required for this status.