Non-Degree Seeking Students

Enroll in Graduate Courses Without Being Admitted to a Graduate Degree or Certificate Program

If you have a bachelor's degree and wish to enroll in selected graduate level courses for professional advancement or personal fulfillment, you can do so without formally applying or being admitted to a graduate degree/certificate program.

Please note that becoming a non-degree-seeking graduate student does not guarantee future admission to a graduate program. If you are accepted into a graduate degree/certificate program in the future, a maximum of 15 credits of non-degree graduate courses may be transferred into your degree program with the approval of your degree program and the Graduate Dean. All of these transfer credits are subject to Graduate College academic policies & procedures as well as the approval by your degree program graduate coordinator.

Graduate non-degree seeking students are not eligible for an I-20/student visa, a graduate assistantship, or federal financial aid.

If you have a bachelor’s degree and wish to take only undergraduate-level coursework as a non-degree seeking student, please complete the undergraduate non-degree seeking application.

Minimum Requirements: A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution or the equivalent.

Timeline: Non-degree seeking applications have a processing time of at least 3 business days.

Fee: There is a non-refundable $30 processing fee for non-degree-seeking applications.

Become A Non-Degree Seeking Student

  • Online Application – Complete and submit the online application to become a non-degree-seeking student. You must either upload a copy of your transcript or diploma directly into the application, or fax, email, or mail it to the Graduate College. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been processed.
  • Nevada Residency Status – All non-degree-seeking students are considered non-Nevada residents for tuition purposes until your residency application has been submitted and approved. It can take from 3-6 weeks for residency applications to be fully reviewed
  • Register for Classes – Some, but not all, graduate courses are open to non-degree students. Please check with the department offering the course for further information.
  • Information for New Students – Use this helpful checklist to prepare for your first day of class, but please note that as a non-degree seeking graduate student some of these opportunities (like Graduate Assistantships) may not available to you.