Students who wish to take a graduate course without being enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Maryland School of Public Health are considered non-degree seeking students. To be categorized as a non-degree seeking student you must follow the below steps:

All applications for Advanced Special Student status must be made through the Graduate School

Advanced Special Students must submit their application to the Graduate School no later than the first day of classes for the semester in which s/he plans to attend. The Graduate School requires each applicant to submit official transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution AND meet one (1) of the following admissions criteria:

  • Have achieved a cumulative 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) average for work done at the undergraduate level; OR
  • Have earned a master’s, doctoral, or a post-baccalaureate professional degree (M.D., J.D., D.V.M., etc.) from a regionally accredited institution; OR
  • Have attained a score that places the applicant in the upper 50th percentile of an appropriate national standardized aptitude examination such as the GRE, GMAT, or Miller Analogies Test ;  OR
  • Provide a letter of support from the Graduate Director of the degree program in which the applicant plans to take a course.

Advanced Special Students have access to any unrestricted graduate courses offered in the SPH, but are not eligible to enroll until the first day of classes of each academic semester. Advanced Special Students who are eventually seeking admission to a degree program in the SPH must apply to the program through SOPHAS. Admission to Advanced Special Student status by the Graduate School does not guarantee admission to a SPH degree program. Applicants to SPH graduate programs who have earned credits as an Advanced Special Student at the University of Maryland will only be allowed to transfer up to 12 credits of coursework into a degree program, contingent upon admission to the degree program and on the approval of the faculty in the program.

Those who are interested in applying for Advanced Special Student non-degree status should first visit the UMD Graduate School website.