Applying for Non-Degree Graduate Study

If you hold an undergraduate degree, you may be eligible to take graduate classes that may later be transferred to a degree program.  Prospective students apply for non-degree graduate study online using the Application for Graduate Study. 

CHSS Graduate Non-Degree Deadlines

Summer 2024 June 15, 2024
Fall 2024     August 15, 2024
Spring 2025 January 15, 2025

Review Non-Degree Application Requirements

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  • Applicants are required to indicate course(s) of interest on the application. In addition to department and program approval, some courses will require instructor approval prior to enrollment.
  • Non-degree applications are processed centrally by the University's Office of Graduate Admissions. Questions about non-degree applications and deadlines should be directed to

Check Restricted Fields

  • While many graduate courses are open to non-degree students, some fields are restricted to students in degree programs. Review the list of restricted fields before applying for non-degree study.

Restricted Courses

  • Anthropology: ANTH 535, ANTH 536, ANTH 650.
  • Communication: COMM 600, COMM 650. Permission of the instructor is required for 700-level courses.
  • Cultural Studies: Graduate-level Cultural Studies courses are unavailable to non-degree students.
  • Economics: Graduate-level courses are available to non-degree students only with the approval of the course instructor.
  • English: Graduate-level Creative Writing courses require the permission of either the program director or the instructor of a specific course. Samples of original creative work will be required before such permission is granted.
  • Psychology: Graduate course enrollment in Psychology for non-degree students is welcome, but must be approved by the instructor in advance. This is likely appropriate for numerous 500- and 600-level courses (and only a few at the 700-level or above), as long as the student has the required prerequisites or equivalent. The following (clinical assessment and intervention) courses are unavailable to non-degree students: Psyc 709, 710, 722, 750, 751,790, 810, 811, 816, 822, 823, 831, 832, 851, 860, 862, 881, 883, 885, 888.

Non-degree students are ineligible to take 800-level courses in any CHSS program.

Resources: Non-Degree Graduate Study