Non-Degree Students

Students who wish to take graduate courses for professional growth, improvement of skills, or transfer of course credits to a degree program at another institution, but who do not anticipate working toward an advanced degree at UNMC.

Registration as an non-degree student is subject to the following conditions:

  1. The student must comply with all admission requirements to the Graduate College including submitting all official transcripts before the application can be fully processed.
  2. The student must comply with all UNMC policies regarding student immunizations prior to registration as well as all Compliance Training Requirements assigned.
  3. Registration for each course taken as a non-degree student is subject to the approval of the course instructor and the Dean for Graduate Studies. In courses with limited enrollment, preference is given to degree-seeking students with full graduate standing.
  4. Re-admittance as a non-degree student for the purpose of enrolling in an additional course is required for each subsequent semester. Re-admittance requires completion of a new application and is contingent upon the student maintaining the same academic standards as degree-seeking graduate students.

Application Deadlines

Admit Term Application Opens Application Closes
Spring November 1 January 1
Summer March 1 May 1
Fall July 28 August 15

Should such students subsequently desire to pursue an advanced degree, they may change their status from non-degree to full graduate standing by submission of a complete application to the Graduate College as a degree-seeking student and admission into an appropriate program by the Dean for Graduate Studies.

Appropriate credits earned in the non-degree status may be used to fulfill graduate degree requirements only if approved by the graduate degree program Graduate Committee, the student’s Supervisory Committee, and the Dean for Graduate Studies. No more than one-third of the course work applied toward a graduate degree may be taken as a non-degree student.

Please note: The Graduate Non-Degree Program is for those students interested in taking 800- and 900-level graduate courses. If your goal is to seek a Masters of Science in Nursing or Masters of Public Health, the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health each have their own non-degree application process. If you are interested in taking any other undergraduate or professional courses lower than 800-level, please contact the respective departments that offer those courses.