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Non-Degree and Transient Applicants

Non-Degree Admissions – Individuals holding baccalaureate degrees may with permission of the instructor, graduate program coordinator, and/or dean of graduate students and continuing education register for graduate courses. These individuals are designated as “non-degree students.”  A non-degree seeking form must be filled out prior to the start of classes and a petition requested if starting after add/drop but before classes start. Non-degree students are not required to file an application for admission to the graduate school and are not candidates for a graduate degree. A non-degree seeking student may subsequently apply to a Shepherd University graduate program, but the ability to take and complete graduate courses as a non-degree seeking  student does not indicate that a student will be admitted to a graduate degree program.

Transient Admissions – Students seeking graduate studies without matriculating and wishing to transfer courses taken at Shepherd University to another university may do so with permission of the dean of graduate studies and continuing education. Transient students must fill out a non-degree seeking form prior to start of classes and a petition requested if starting after add/drop but before classes start. A transient student may subsequently apply to a Shepherd University graduate program, but the ability to take and complete graduate courses as a transient student does not indicate that a student will be admitted to a graduate degree program.

Neither non-degree nor transient students are normally permitted to register as full-time graduate students (i.e., 9 or more credits).