As an academic institution, we support students pursuing degrees at all levels, but recognize that there are special circumstances for each student, including those seeking to study without pursuing a degree. These non-degree seeking students should follow the application process specific to them depending on whether they are interested in undergraduate or graduate course work.
If you are a transfer applicant without a bachelor’s degree and wish to apply for admission as a non-degree-seeking student, you should follow the transfer application instructions. Please be sure to indicate "non-degree-seeking" on the application.
You must submit a completed application, official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended, and the application fee. You will be reviewed under the same standards for admission as degree-seeking students. If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree, transcripts are not required; however, since you may need to demonstrate that you have met prerequisites for courses, it is a good idea to have one available to advisors. Admitted non-degree seeking students register on a space-available basis beginning on the first day of class.
If you wish to enroll for one semester as a visiting student and transfer the coursework back to your home institution, you must submit the transfer application, official transcript and a letter of permission from an academic advisor or dean at your home institution.
If you wish to take graduate courses without pursuing a graduate degree, you have three options:
Non-Degree Seeking Student,
Visiting Graduate Student Status, or
Golden Identification Cardholder Status (for Senior Citizens)
Visit the UMD Graduate School for details on how to pursue one of these non-degree options.