Graduate Classifications

Op3.18 Graduate Classifications

Degree-seeking

Students who wish to enroll in graduate-level courses to pursue a specific graduate degree at Missouri State University. Students seeking admission under this classification can contact the Graduate College at 417-836-5331 or apply online.

Nondegree-seeking

Nondegree-seeking students have not been admitted to a graduate program; they have only been given permission to enroll for graduate-level courses to earn graduate credit. A nondegree-seeking student is not required to furnish the application fee or transcripts and there is no minimum grade point average for admission. Enrollment as a nondegree-seeking student does not guarantee future admission into a specific degree program.

Nondegree-seeking students may take either undergraduate or graduate courses. Graduate courses taken as a nondegree-seeking graduate student may be used toward a graduate degree if later admitted, but this use is limited to 30% of the required hours in the degree. Graduate courses taken as a nondegree-seeking student will be counted in the student’s overall graduate GPA, which may be used to determine admission to a graduate program.

Students under this classification have completed a bachelor’s degree and are graduate students. They are therefore governed by all Graduate College policies. Generally, students in the nondegree-seeking classification are not eligible for financial aid. Individuals interested in admission as a nondegree-seeking student should complete the enrollment form at Missouri State Outreach: Continuing and Distance Education or call 417-836-4126 or toll free 877-678-2005.