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Non-Degree-Seeking Students

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The Graduate College

If you would like to enroll in graduate courses for personal enrichment or to fulfill prerequisites for another program, taking courses as a non-degree-seeking student is an option. As a non-degree-seeking student, you would not be pursuing any of our graduate programs.

Once you have found the course(s) you would like to take, you will need to contact the appropriate graduate advisor or department chair for approval as some departments/programs do not admit non-degree-students while others may admit after evaluating course availability. Read more details about the document used to confirm approval.

Semester U.S. Citizens International
Fall August 15 June 1
Spring January 10 October 1
Summer I May 30 March 15
Summer II July 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
While this program has a flexible deadline for admission consideration, class availability may be limited the closer you apply to the deadline.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review important information about the ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

  • $10 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international credential fee (if applicable)

  Effective Fall 2019 and beyond

  • $20 nonrefundable application fee
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

  Review important information about application fee(s).


  • a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of the official transcript from the institution that granted your highest degree

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


Domestic applicants

  Obtain departmental signatures from the graduate advisor or department chair for all graduate-level course work listed on the form. Some departments/programs do not permit non-degree-seeking students to take their courses, while others  will evaluate course availability before approving non-degree-seeking students.

Undergraduate courses in the following areas also require approval:

  • business
  • communication disorders
  • computer science
  • mathematics
  • nutrition

You are responsible for:

  • confirming the form has been signed by the appropriate individuals. If the form does not have the correct signatures, it may be returned to you to obtain the required signatures, and your admission will be delayed.
  • contacting the department for required course prerequisites or overrides as some courses require override codes in the registration system prior to registration
  • completing this form each semester you enroll as a non-degree-seeking student

International applicants

  Review important information about documents, including the submission instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU). You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.

TOEFL or IELTS scores for Business Administration applicants

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 19 speaking
    • 18 writing
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review important information about official test scores.

TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-Business Administration applicants

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review important information about official test scores.

Programs that will not accept non-degree-seeking students

Adult, Professional, and Community Education Ph.D.
Communication Disorders
Creative Writing
Family & Child Studies
International Studies
[Nutrition] Human Nutrition
Professional Counseling
School Improvement Ph.D.


Programs that will evaluate availability each semester

Accounting and Information Technology
Agricultural Education
Business Administration
Communication Design
Communication Studies
Computer Science 
Computer Science Ph.D.
Dementia and Aging Studies
Exercise Science
Geographic Education
Geographic Information Science
Geographic Information Science Ph.D.
Geography Ph.D.
Geography Resource & Environmental Studies
Health Education
Healthcare Administration
Human Resource Management
Mass Communication
Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Ph.D.
Music Education
[Nursing] Family Nurse Practitioner
[Nursing] Leadership and Administration in Nursing
Physical Education 
Physical Therapy D.P.T.
Psychological Research
Recreation Management
School Psychology
[Social Work] Advanced Practice Leadership
[Sociology] Applied Sociology
Software Engineering
Special Education
Student Affairs in Higher Education
Sustainability Studies
Technical Communication
Therapeutic Recreation