The Non-Degree Graduate Student Program (post-baccalaureate) allows students to prepare for admission to a graduate degree program either at MU or elsewhere, explore a new discipline, take courses for career advancement, or simply to seek personal enrichment experiences. A non-degree graduate student has access to MU libraries, museums, labs, and recreational and athletic facilities. Some academic programs may limit the availability of their courses to non-degree graduate students. Contact the academic program in which you wish to take courses for more information.
The non-degree graduate student may take undergraduate or graduate-level courses but does not earn credit toward a graduate degree. Up to 12 hours of graduate credit taken as a non-degree graduate student may be applied to a graduate degree program upon approval of an academic program if the student is accepted.
Applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a U.S. university or a university in which instruction is in the English language may be admitted to MU as non-degree graduate students. There are additional requirements for international students.
Official transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School at the time of application. Non-degree applicants are not required to upload unofficial copies of transcripts to the application.
*Note: Current or former Mizzou students do not have to provide official Mizzou transcripts.
Tuition and Fees
Non-degree graduate students must pay graduate educational and student activities fees regardless of whether they take graduate or undergraduate courses.
Non-degree graduate students are not eligible to receive veterans benefits or to hold campus-sponsored assistantships. Federal financial aid may be available to some non-degree students for preparatory coursework. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid directly by phone: 573-882-7506 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maintaining Good Standing
Non-degree graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. If the cumulative GPA is less than 3.0, the student will be given one automatic probationary semester. If, after one semester of probation, the student’s cumulative GPA does not reach 3.0, the student may be granted a second probationary semester following a successful written petition made directly to the vice provost/dean of the Graduate School. If the student fails to improve following the second probationary semester, the student will be made ineligible to enroll as a non-degree or degree-seeking graduate student. If at any time a student’s term or cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, the student will be ineligible to enroll as a non-degree or degree-seeking graduate student.
Switching to “Degree-Seeking”
Non-degree graduate students who want to earn a graduate degree must:
- Submit official scores, if required by the program of interest, from an appropriate graduate admission examination (GRE, GMAT, MAT). The scores must be sent directly from the examination service to Graduate School Admissions, 210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.
- Meet the Graduate School's minimum admission requirements.
- Apply directly to the academic program using a Change of Program form or complete a new online application for admisison. The program will determine the preferred method of application.
- Students who have only been enrolled through Mizzou Online must complete a new online Graduate Application for Admission.
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