Chapter Two – B

Chapter 2B: Non-degree Seeking Graduate Students

1. Not Advanced Degree Candidate (NADC)

This classification is for those students with a baccalaureate degree who apply to a graduate program but are not recommended by the graduate program for admission at the time of application.Generally, applicants are recommended to the NADC classification by the graduate program because the program has determined that the applicant is not academically prepared,and additional preparatory work is necessary before the applicant will be considered for admission. Admission as NADC does not obligate the graduate program to admit the student to a degree program at a later date.

  • Students may be admitted as an NADC with less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA but must maintain a 3.0 GPA once admitted. These students may take any course for which they have the prerequisites except those at the 700-or 800-level.
  • For additional information on coursework taken in the NADC classification and time limits on such coursework, see Chapter 4.J.

2. Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificate students who are not concurrently enrolled in a regular graduate degree program are classified as non-degree seeking students.

Students enrolled in certificate programs:

  • are expected to meet all course requirements, to fully participate in all course activities, and to complete all assignments, exams, projects, and other requirements to earn credit and a grade;
  • are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA requirement while enrolled as a part-time certificate student;
  • may use such university services as the library, computing, and bookstore;
  • are not eligible for all services provided to degree students who pay comprehensive fees, such as enrolling in independent study, research and project course credit, research/dissertation credits, final examinations and/or similar coursework designed for degree-seeking students (i.e., 700, 701, 702, or 800 credits);
  • are not eligible for graduate assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships; and
  • in most cases, are not eligible for financial aid; applicants must check with the WSU Financial Aid Office to verify eligibility.

3. Undeclared Graduate Student

This classification is for applicants who wish to explore graduate studies on a limited basis. Applications for Undeclared graduate status are processed by the Graduate School without departmental recommendation, and applicants are subject to the following rules:

  • Required to pay graduate tuition and fees.
  • Permitted to enroll in courses only with permission of the instructor and the department offering the courses. Some departments do not allow non-degree students to register for their courses. Students who register without departmental approval may be disenrolled.
  • Permitted to remain in non-degree graduate status for up to one calendar year.
  • For additional information on coursework taken in the Non-Degree classification and time limits on such coursework, see Chapter 4.J.

A separate application for admission is required if the student wishes to pursue an advanced degree. It should be noted that students who enroll under Undeclared graduate status may or may not choose to complete applications to a degree-seeking program in the Graduate School. Further, there is no guarantee that they will be accepted if they apply. If the students apply to a degree-seeking program and are accepted, they will be appropriately reclassified as Regular or Provisional.International students who require a student visa are not eligible for Undeclared graduate status.

Students in the Professional Certification Program(PCP) are also classified as Undeclared graduate status.The PCP allows certified teachers currently employed in a Washington state public or approved private school to fulfill requirements for completing an approved professional certification program or to improve their teaching techniques and explore personal growth opportunities. Students in this program are admitted in Undeclared graduate status and can remain in this status for one additional semester beyond the usual one-year expiration date of the Undeclared graduate status. This extended status applies only to students in the PCP.


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