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Classification of Students

General Admissions Standards Policy GCAC-302

Purpose: to define the different classifications for admission to the Graduate School.

Academic Goal: to ensure that The Graduate School offers a variety of educational opportunities that enables students to meet their varying academic goals as they pursue their graduate studies.

Scope: all prospective and current graduate students.

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 Background

A graduate student may be admitted as a degree student, a certificate student, or a nondegree student, depending upon the student's course of study and credential sought.

Policy Statement

  1. A degree student is a candidate for a graduate degree at Penn State and has been formally admitted for graduate studies in a particular graduate program.
  2. A certificate student is engaged in a program of study leading to a postbaccalaureate or graduate credit certificate.
  3. A nondegree student may take graduate courses, but is not enrolled in a graduate degree program. (See GCAC-304 Nondegree Admission).
    1. Certification students (e.g., candidates for post-baccalaureate teacher certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education) are classified as nondegree students. Certification students have the same University privileges and responsibilities as graduate degree students.

Process

Students who wish to change their classification should consult the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services.

Revision History

Last Graduate Bulletin update: August 2016

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