Non-Degree or Transient Status

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. Nondegree applicants must submit the following to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Application for admission
  • Application-processing fee
  • Unofficial transcripts from the institution that awarded the highest degree. Official transcripts will be required after an offer of admission.
  • Statement of purpose
  • TOEFL scores for international students (refer to English Language Proficiency Requirement)

The statement of purpose should be completed in the space provided on the application for admission. An academic major must be entered in item 4 on the application for admission. Applicants are responsible for contacting the department’s graduate coordinator for information regarding special departmental requirements and supplemental materials that are required. Please note that a maximum of 9 hours of course credit taken in non-degree status can be used toward a degree program later if the courses are not more than six-years old. 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 Graduate Admissions:

  1. Application for admission
  2. Application-processing fee
  3. Certification of graduate standing in a regionally accredited institution

Applicants may use the UGA Transient Letter. Applicants should apply “Non-Degree, General Study“. In the statement of purpose section, indicate you are interested in transient status. Students admitted in this classification who later wish to enroll as prospective candidates for a degree must make a formal application to a degree program in the Graduate School.