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Chapter 4C: Admission for Non-degree Seeking Students

1. Not Advanced Degree Candidate (NADC).
Students with a baccalaureate degree who apply to a graduate program but are not recommended for admission at the time of application may be recommended to the NADC classification by the graduate program. Applicants who may qualify for admission as an NADC are not ready academically to be admitted into a degree program, and the program has determined that additional preparatory work is necessary before they will be considered for admission (see additional information in Chapter 2.B).

  • Prospective students may be admitted with less than a 3.0 GPA, but they must maintain a 3.0 GPA once admitted.
  • Admission as NADC does not obligate the department/program to admit the student to a degree program at a later date.
  • NADC students are required to pay graduate tuition and fees.
  • NADC students may take any course for which they have the prerequisites except those at the 700-or 800-level.
  • Six(6) hours of graduate coursework (500-level) taken in the NADC classification may be used to calculate a GPA for admission into a graduate program. Note: 300 and/or 400-level coursework taken in the NADC classification will not be used to calculate the graduate GPA for admission to a graduate program.
  • A total of 12 hours of coursework (300, 400 and 500-level) taken in the NADC graduate classification may be used on a Program of Study toward a degree seeking program with the restrictions noted below:
    • A maximum of twelve (12) hours of graduate coursework(500-level) with grades of “B” or higher earned under NADC classification may be used on the Program of Study if approved by the student’s advisory committee and the program.
    • For 300 and/or 400-level coursework with grades of “B” or higher earned under NADC classification, a maximum of six (6) hours for a thesis master’s or nine (9) for a non-thesis master’s and doctoral degree may be applied to graduate degree requirements on the Program of Study if approved by the advisory committee and the program. Note: See minimum coursework requirements for the doctoral degree in Chapter 8.C.
  • Use of non-degree graduate status credits must be approved by the student’s advisory committee and will be held to the usual time restrictions for program completion.
  • Post-baccalaureate students must complete and submit a Reservation of Graduate Credit form for approval at the time of registration.

2. Undeclared Graduate (UNDG; formerly Undecided Graduate): Applicants who wish to explore graduate studies on a limited basis may want to apply to the non-degree graduate status (see additional information in Chapter 2.B.3).

  • Applicants for non-degree graduate status must complete the Application for Admission to Undeclared Graduate Status and pay an application fee.This fee is not refundable and may not be credited against any other fees charged by Washington State University.
  • Applicants for Undeclared admission should make every effort to complete the Undeclared Graduate Status application no less than one month prior to the beginning of the semester or summer session for which they wish to register.
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary institution; the Graduate School may request transcripts to verify the applicant’s credentials.
  • International students are not eligible for this status due to immigration regulations.

Admitted Undeclared graduate students are subject to the following:

  • Undeclared graduate students are permitted to remain in this classification for up to one calendar year.
  • Undeclared graduate students are required to pay graduate tuition and fees.
  • Undeclared graduate students are permitted to enroll in courses only with permission fromthe instructor and the department offering the courses. Some departments do not allow non-degree graduate students to register for their courses. Students who register without departmental approval may be disenrolled.
  • Six(6) hours of graduate coursework(500-level) taken in the Undeclared classification may be used to calculate a GPA for admission into a graduate program. Note: 300 and/or 400-level coursework taken in the Undeclared graduate classification will not be used to calculate the GPA for admission to a graduate program.
  • The NADC policy (see Chapter 4.C.1above) for the use of credits taken in the non-degree graduate classification will apply if admitted to a graduate program.
  • Use of non-degree graduate status credits will be held to the usual time restrictions for program completion.

Students who enroll under non-degree graduate status may or may not choose to complete applications to a degree-seeking program in the Graduate School. However, coursework taken as a non-degree graduate student will appear on the official graduate transcript, and the grades earned as a non-degree graduate student will be calculated in the official grade point average for the graduate career. If the non-degree graduate student’s GPA falls below 3.0, which is the minimum GPA required for all graduate students, the student will be notified by the Graduate School and advised of the impact of that GPA on admission to a degree-seeking program. There is no guarantee that non-degree-seeking students will be accepted into a degree-seeking program if they apply. If the students apply online to a degree-seeking program and are accepted, they will be appropriately reclassified as Regular or Provisional.

3. Graduate Certificate Student. Washington State University offers graduate certificate programs in several areas. Formal graduate certificates convey that students have developed mastery of course material. Graduate certificate programs are open to currently enrolled graduate students, as well as prospective students, who meet admission requirements.Students on academic probation and students suspended from the university for any reason are not eligible to enroll in certificate courses.

Prospective certificate program students (those students not currently enrolled in a graduate program at WSU) who wish to pursue a graduate certificate must apply online prior to enrollment in their first course, pay a non-refundable application fee, and indicate their interest in a specific certificate program listed on the application.

To qualify as a part-time certificate student (NADC classification), a prospective student must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • Meet all course prerequisites or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and understanding for courses prior to enrollment.
  • Meet all program admission requirements for the certificate program.
  • Be admitted, upon recommendation from the academic unit, to the Graduate School as a certificate student. Once admitted as a part-time graduate certificate student, the student can take graduate certificate courses and/or graduate courses but must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • Pay all graduate tuition and fees for the courses in which the student enrolls. Enrollment is on a space-available basis.
  • Because the certificate programs are designed for part-time study without formal admission to a degree program, international students in the US on student visas are not eligible to enroll solely in certificate courses.
  • Be currently enrolled when they submit their Application for Graduation for a Graduate Certificate. Application should be made during the semester in which they are completing their final certificate course(s) requirements.

Admission Requirements for Currently Enrolled Graduate Students: Currently enrolled degree-seeking graduate students (domestic and international) are eligible to concurrently enroll in a graduate certificate program. The student must fulfill all certificate requirements and complete the Application for Graduation for Graduate Certificate located on the Graduate School’s website.  Students must be currently enrolled to apply for a graduate certificate.

4. Visiting Domestic Graduate Student (VDGS). Students who wish to enroll for a single summer session or a single semester in the Graduate School at Washington State University, and who intend thereafter to return to the Graduate School in which they are carrying forward a Program of Study for an advanced degree, may be admitted as VDGS (see additional information in Chapter 2.C). Admission requirements include the following:

  • VDGS must apply for admission by completing an application form and paying a nonrefundable admission fee.
  • They must have been officially admitted to another recognized graduate school and be in good standing and actively pursuing a graduate program. Written verification from the student’s current dean of the Graduate School is required during the admission process.
  • Prospective students do need not to submit a VDGS does not guarantee admission to any particular course of study.

VDGS will be permitted to register only in those courses for which they are judged to be eligible by a faculty advisor or the instructor in the course, and if space is available to accommodate registration. Registration of any students admitted on this basis shall terminate at the end of the single semester or the single summer session for which the students enrolled.

If students later wish to apply for admission to the Graduate School of Washington State University to work toward a degree, they must formally apply and submit complete credentials.

If a VDGS is later given formal admission and enters upon work toward a degree at Washington State University, that student may petition the dean of the Graduate School for allowance of credit for courses taken as a VDGS to apply to the work for such a degree.

5. Visiting International Graduate Student (VIGS). International graduate students who wish to enroll at Washington State University for up to one year, and then return to the graduate school in which they are pursuing an advanced degree, may be admitted as Visiting International Graduate Students (VIGS; see additional description in Chapter2.D). Such students must meet the following criteria:

a. Each student must complete an application for admission as a VIGS AND meet the following WSU Graduate School requirements:

  • Have been admitted to a recognized international graduate school, be in good standing, and actively pursuing a graduate program at that institution.Written verification from the student’s current graduate school dean is required during the admission process.
  • Be accepted by a WSU graduate degree granting department/program and WSU Graduate School.
  • Submit TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores at the minimum level required by the department in which the student will be studying. Other English language proficiency requirements may be required by departments or the Graduate School based on proposed course of study or level of service appointments.
  • Submit all documentation in English or official translations into English accompanied by the original foreign language document.

b. Admission as a VIGS is for the equivalent of up to one academic year (i.e.,two semesters). If a student later applies for admission to the Graduate School to work toward a degree, the student must formally apply and submit complete credentials as outlined in the Graduate School Policies and Procedures handbook.

c. To qualify as a VIGS (J-1visa) a student must submit a completed application form and statement of financial support for the student and any accompanying dependent. The support must meet or exceed the estimates as published each semester by the Graduate School. Such documentation may be in the form of original documentation from the home institution, WSU department (if funding is from WSU sources), documentation from other agencies, personal bank statements from the student (for dependent support), or a combination thereof.

d. Students will be admitted as a VIGS and issued an immigration document (DS2019). The DS2019 will be sent to the Graduate School by WSU Office of International Programs (OIP) for transmittal to the students.

e. All VIGS must report to the (OIP) for orientation shortly after arrival at WSU (to be arranged between the supervising faculty member and OIP).

f. All VIGS must enroll in, and will automatically be charged for,the international student health insurance plan on arrival (including the required insurance for any accompanying dependents).

g. VIGS may be required by the J-1 sponsor to reside in WSU on-campus housing, if available.

6. Pathway programs for International Students. International students in pathway programs are considered pre-graduate. Therefore, applicants to the pathway programs must contact International Programs for information regarding admission.

 

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