Non-Degree Graduate Applicants

Applying as a Non-Degree Graduate Student

Individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution of recognized standing may enroll as non-degree students. This category is for individuals who desire to pursue study beyond the baccalaureate degree for personal growth and improvement of skills but not in order to work toward an advanced degree objective.

General Requirements

To become a non-degree student, individuals must complete an application form and submit the appropriate fees. Students must have the prerequisite courses or background/experience necessary for the course or courses in which they desire to enroll. This may require consultation and approval from course instructors. In courses with limited enrollment, preference will be given to degree-seeking students.

Language Requirements

A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required of ALL applicants whose native language is not English. The score must be submitted before your application will be considered. A minimum score of 525 (paper-based), 197 (computer-based), or 71 (internet-based) must be achieved on the TOEFL, or a score of 6 on the IELTS, to be considered for admission. The test date must be within two years of the date of the application to the Graduate School.

The requirement of a TOEFL or IELTS score may be waived for applicants from countries where English is the official language or for students who have earned a degree from a U.S. university or college.

Exclusions

Students enrolled with non-degree status are not eligible for graduate assistantships, tuition waivers, or federal title IV student financial assistance. Students in this category are affiliated with the Graduate School and not an academic program. No more than 10 credits taken under the non-degree status with a grade of B or higher can be transferred to any official program of study should there be, at any future date, a decision to seek degree classification. Professional development graduate courses (numbered 600) are not eligible for graduate degree programs and may be taken without formal admission to NDSU.

How to Apply

Non-degree graduate applicants must submit the following:

  1. Online Application – Create an application account or log in to submit your application
  2. Application Fee – You must submit your $35 application fee before your application will be reviewed
  3. TOEFL or IELTS Score (if English is not your first language)
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is NDSU?

NDSU is located in northwest Fargo, which is on the eastern edge of North Dakota, bordering northwest Minnesota.

 

Where is the Graduate School?

The Graduate School office is located in 106 Putnam on the NDSU campus.
 

When should I apply?

Non-degree applicants should apply at least one month prior to the start of classes, if possible.

When do classes start?

The schedule of semester dates is available through the Office of Registration and Records.

How do I get an application for admission?

The NDSU Graduate School application is an online system. Start your application by logging in.

What materials do I need to submit?

Non-degree applicants need to submit the application form and appropriate application fee for admission.

A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required of ALL applicants whose native language is not English. The score must be submitted before your application will be considered. A minimum score of 525 (paper-based), 197 (computer-based), or 71 (internet-based) must be achieved on the TOEFL, or a score of 6 on the IELTS, to be considered for admission. The test date must be within two years of the date of the application to the Graduate School.

The requirement of a TOEFL or IELTS score may be waived for applicants from countries where English is the official language or for students who have earned a degree from a U.S. university or college.

How many courses may I take as a non-degree student?

There is no cap to the number of courses a non-degree student may take. However, only 10 credits taken as a non-degree student may be applied toward a degree program.