What is a Non-Degree Seeking Student?

Welcome back!  We hope everyone had a nice holiday break and got to spend some quality time with their family!  Definitely thankful that we had some nice travel days as opposed to the way it looked this morning on my way into work!

Back to business now!

We often get asked questions from students who are interested in taking coursework “non-matriculated” or “non-degree seeking.”  Both of these titles describe the same student (someone who would like to come and take graduate coursework outside of a degree program.)  At the University of Saint Joseph, we require that a non-degree seeking student complete an application (www.usj.edu/grad-application), pay the $50 application fee (www.usj.edu/payonline), and submit a transcript that shows degree conferral from a regionally-accredited institution and meets the program of interest’s prerequisite GPA and courses.  One might say that the program’s prerequisites shouldn’t matter to someone who doesn’t want to be in the program but we strive to make sure that all of our students who are registering for the same courses have at least some of the same qualifications.  Once these requirements are met, the student is eligible to register for graduate coursework. 

Students can follow instructions on www.usj.edu/gradregistrationinfo to complete their initial registration process.  All non-degree seeking  students will have to complete each registration on paper because there are holds left on the student’s account so we can monitor the student’s enrollment and these holds prevent online registration. 

Students should note that simply applying, paying the fee, and submitting a transcript that meets all of our requirements does not guarantee there will be a seat in the course(s) of interest.  Some of the graduate programs at the University of Saint Joseph control their own enrollment which means that students who are eligible to register will have to contact the program that runs the course(s) of interest to seek out permission to register for a course.  

If you have any further questions about a non-degree seeking status, we’d be happy to answer them!

-Marshall

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