To define the category of nondegree admission.
To define the conditions under which The Graduate School will offer admission to students who do not intend to pursue a graduate degree thus allowing them to take graduate-level courses.
All applicants to The Graduate School who do not wish to pursue a graduate degree.
- 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).
- Adapted from Graduate Bulletin: June 2018
- Last Graduate Bulletin update: August 2016