Classification of Graduate Students

At the discretion of individual schools or departments and with the approval of the dean of the Graduate School, applicants may be considered for admission to one of the following classifications:

Prospective Candidate for a degree. Applicants who meet all requirements for admission to a degree program may apply as prospective candidates for a graduate degree. Applicants must submit the following to the Office of Graduate Admissions: the general application for admission, the application-processing fee, two official copies of transcripts from each institution attended, except the University of Georgia, and official entrance test scores sent directly from the testing agency. If English is not the native language of the applicant, official TOEFL scores must also be submitted. Applicants also must submit three letters of recommendation directly to the department to which they are applying, as well as any supplemental information required by the department. Applicants are responsible for contacting the departmental graduate coordinator for information regarding any special requirements and any supplemental material which may be needed.

Applicants who are missing an official document or test scores may be admitted provisionally to a degree program, if recommended by the department and approved by the graduate dean. The conditions of the provisional admission must be satisfied by the end of the first semester of enrollment.

Nondegree (ND). Applicants who do not intend to pursue a degree but who wish to take courses for professional advancement, licensure, or certification purposes, and who hold a baccalaureate degree or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution, should apply for nondegree status. Applicants must submit the following to the Office of Graduate Admissions: the general application for admission, the application-processing fee, two official copies of transcripts from the institution which awarded the highest degree, and a statement of purpose. If English is not the native language of the applicant, official TOEFL scores must also be submitted. Applicants are responsible for contacting the departmental graduate coordinator for information regarding any special requirements or supplemental material which may be needed.

Nondegree students who are later admitted as prospective degree candidates may apply up to 9 hours of course work taken in nondegree status toward a graduate degree program, subject to the approval of the major professor, the departmental graduate coordinator, and the dean of the Graduate School.

Graduate Transient (TRANS). Transient admission may be granted to students in good standing at regionally accredited graduate schools who wish to enroll for one semester at the University of Georgia. Applicants requesting this status must submit the following to the Office of Graduate Admissions: the general application for admission, the application-processing fee, and certification of graduate standing in a regionally accredited institution. Additional information may be required by departments for admission to this classification; therefore, applicants should contact the appropriate department. Students admitted in this classification who later wish to enroll as prospective candidates for a degree must make formal application to the Graduate School as described in item 1 above.