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Students admitted to graduate study are placed in one of two general categories: degree seeking graduate students or non-degree seeking graduate students.

Degree Seeking Graduate Students:

Students are accepted into a graduate degree program based on the admission requirements within the program. Applicants are required to meet all standards for admission if they wish to pursue a degree program. Admission decisions are made by committees within each graduate program. Upon acceptance, the applicant is sent an acceptance letter and an acceptance form. The form must be completed and returned to the office indicated. Students admitted into a degree program are assigned a graduate adviser to assist in developing a plan of study. Before enrolling, students should consult with their adviser to ensure which courses will count in the degree program.

Non-degree Seeking Graduate Students:

The category of non-degree admission is available for qualified students with reasons for earning graduate credit without a degree objective. Credits earned as a non-degree student may be applied toward degree requirements only upon approval by the academic unit offering the degree. A maximum of 12 graduate credit hours may be applied toward degree requirements. Non-degree seeking students are not assigned advisers. However, they may consult with the designated graduate coordinator/director with the college about both specific and general information. Students holding non-degree admission are advised to contact the graduate coordinator/director in the academic area where a particular course is offered as to their eligibility to register for the course.

Students admitted in a non-degree classification are not eligible for student financial aid.