Non-Degree Options

Applicants are not eligible for University financial aid or any financial aid that requires matriculation in a degree program.

Admission does not guarantee subsequent admission for degree candidacy. Individuals admitted as Special Students, who subsequently wish to apply for degree study, must file additional application documents and be accepted for degree study. The number of credits earned that may be applied toward the requirements of a degree is determined by the department to which one applies in accordance with GSAS regulations.

Special Student applicants should submit the following after receiving instructor permission from the intended course:

Students not seeking a degree but who are interested in pursuing coursework at the graduate level may apply for admission as Special Students. Many individuals enter departments of the Graduate School in this status either to explore the seriousness of their interest in studying for an advanced degree or to strengthen their credentials for possible later application for degree study.

Applicants must then contact the prospective academic department to inform them of non-degree application submission.

Special Students may only take courses in the department and for the term into which they have been admitted. Departmental permission is required in order to continue beyond that term.

Fifth Year B.A./M.A. and B.S./M.S.

In cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School offers a five-year B.A./M.A. program in some departments. Application to the program normally takes place early in the second semester of the junior year. Students in the two-year M.A. program cannot be retroactively considered for the five-year B.A./M.A. program. That is, students who begin the two-year M.A. program cannot switch to the B.A./M.A. program.

The applicant must complete an application to the Master's degree program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Application requirements may differ slightly from the traditional Master's program. Please check with the department to determine required materials.

Admission to the B.A./M.A. program normally requires an overall GPA of 3.333 and a GPA of 3.5 in the major, although specific B.A./M.A. program requirements will vary across departments. The program limits the number of courses to two in total credited towards the Master's degree that may also be counted towards the undergraduate degree. The undergraduate degree will be conferred upon completion of undergraduate requirements. The Master's degree will be conferred upon completion of degree requirements as specified by the department.