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Graduate nondegree students take graduate level course work for personal enrichment, professional development, certification or to familiarize themselves with the rigors of a graduate program before applying.  Graduate nondegree students are admitted to the university, not to a specific degree granting, graduate program.  Graduate Nondegree status is also appropriate for students actively pursuing a graduate degree at another college or university, and who wish to earn graduate credit for transfer back to that institution.

Application deadlines for admission as a graduate nondegree student are as follows:
Term (begins)  International students apply by: Term (begins) U.S. students apply by:
Autumn (August) June 26, 2015 Autumn (August)  July 24, 2015
Spring (January) November 14, 2014 Spring (January) December 12, 2014
Summer (June) March 13, 2015 Summer (June)   April 10, 2015

"Domestic Applicants" are US citizens or approved permanent residents of the United States, or those who have been granted asylee, or refugee status in the United States.

"International Applicants" are not US citizens, permanent residents, refugees, or political asylees.

We have made important changes to tuition and fee policies.

F or J visa holders: If you are an F or J visa holder, or you will need an F or J visa to study in the United States, your ability to be admitted to Graduate Nondegree at The Ohio State University is restricted. All international graduate nondegree applications are subject to a Graduate School review.


Instructions and Application for Graduate Nondegree Students

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  • Admission to graduate nondegree status neither guarantees nor implies subsequent admission to a degree program.  Regular degree seeking students must submit a separate application in order to be considered for graduate admission.
  • Some classes are restricted to degree seeking students only.  You should contact the graduate program to be sure that the course you wish to take will be available.
  • If a graduate nondegree student applies to a regular graduate degree program, and is admitted, no more than seven hours of graduate credit accumulated while in this nondegree classification may be counted towards the graduate degree.
  • Former Ohio State graduate students should contact the Graduate School office for information about re-entering and registration.  Contact them by phone at: (614)292-6031
  • Graduate nondegree students may not receive university fellowships or graduate associateships.
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