General Admissions Standards Policy GCAC-304
Applicants who do not intend to pursue a graduate degree, but want to take graduate-level courses for personal enrichment, professional development, permanent certification, or to apply for degree status at a later date, may seek admission as a nondegree graduate student.
- Applicants for nondegree admission must have received from a regionally accredited institution a baccalaureate degree earned under residence and credit conditions substantially equivalent to those required by Penn State.
- Admission as a nondegree graduate student neither guarantees nor implies subsequent admission to a degree program.
- Nondegree students are not eligible to receive fellowships or graduate assistantships.
- Preference for courses is given to degree students.
- Changing from graduate nondegree status to regular status requires a new admission application.
- A maximum of 15 graduate credits taken as a nondegree student prior to admission to a graduate degree program may be applied to a graduate program, with departmental approval. The credits must have been earned within five years preceding entry into the degree program. (See GCAC-309 Transfer Credit).
Last Graduate Bulletin update: August 2016
Adapted from Graduate Bulletin: June 2018