None-Degree Seeking is for students who wish to take graduate courses before choosing
a particular degree.
Why Non-Degree Seeking
A person may be admitted to the Graduate College as a non degree-seeking student if
he or she does not have immediate plans to become a degree candidate, but wants to
take graduate courses, prerequisites or other courses.
Admission to the Graduate College as a non-degree seeking student means only that
the person will be permitted to enroll in courses through the Graduate College. It
does not necessarily imply that the person has been or will be admitted to a program
leading to an advanced degree or that the person will be able to obtain a graduate
F1 and J1 visa holders can not be admitted as non-degree seeking students until this
is associated with an OPT or OCT opportunity.
Non-degree seeking students are subject to the same admission standards as degree-seeking
students. Applicants for non-degree seeking status are not automatically admitted
without due deliberation of their past academic performance. A non-degree seeking
applicant can be considered for admission "Without Qualification" provided his/ her
overall grade point average is 3.00 or higher for all courses on his/her bachelor's
degree transcript or his/her master's degree transcript. An applicant whose GPA does
not meet this criteria can be considered for admission after consultation and recommendation
of the Non-degree seeking Student Advisor who may consider additional factors in making
The student is responsible for filing a new application for admission to the Graduate
College should he or she wish to become a degree candidate. The new application will
be evaluated by faculty of that academic program and the dean of the Graduate College
to ascertain admissibility to the degree program.
As such work is not guided by a plan of study or approved by an advisor, no more than
nine semester credit hours of course work taken while a non-degree seeking student may
be used on a plan of study to meet requirements for a degree or certificate program.
Non-degree seeking students are subject to the same academic regulations as those
students admitted into degree programs. Some programs (such as the MBA program) have
lower limits. Non-degree seeking students are strongly encouraged to consult with
the instructor of any course in which they intend to enroll in order to ensure that
they are adequately prepared for that course.
Additional information and requirements can be found in the Graduate College section
of the OSU Catalog.
Academic advising for non-degree seeking students is carried out by an advisor appointed
by the Graduate College. Please contact the Graduate College at 405-744-6368 for details.
The application fee is $25 for domestic students or U.S. Permanent Resident card holders,
or $75 for persons holding a visa.