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Non-Degree Students

The Department of English offers two types of non-degree enrollment options: 1) Non-degree English and 2) Non-degree (unassigned) status.  If you begin as a non-degree student and are admitted to either the MA or the PhD program at a later date, you may transfer up to 12 non-degree credit hours toward an advanced degree.

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Non-degree (unassigned) status

Unassigned status is appropriate for individuals who hold at least a BA. Usually these students take English courses for professional or scholarly reasons or for personal enrichment. The admissions process takes place prior to each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) through the online application.

Students who hold student non-degree unassigned status must obtain consent of the instructor before taking ANY English course and are not guaranteed enrollment. Once instructor consent has been granted, registration for classes is done online.

The application deadlines are August 1 for Fall, November 15 for Spring, and April 15 for Summer courses.

Admission requirements:

  • Prior Degrees: A baccalaureate or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Proof of degree with application.
  • Transcripts: Not required except to provide proof of a baccalaureate degree.
  • Tests: English proficiency, if necessary
  • $70 USD non-refundable application fee

Non-degree English

The Department of English accepts a limited number of non-degree applicants into the program each year based on the space available in the program. Non-degree English is appropriate for students who are attempting to begin a graduate degree program in English but, for whatever reason, are not adequately prepared or not able to enter a program directly. These students take courses with the intention of applying for the Master’s or PhD program in the near future. Admission takes place annually in the fall, although the application deadline for non-degree students is later.

Non-degree English students are permitted to take all 400-level courses and 500-level courses in the Bridge Series; registration in any other course requires consent of the instructor and enrollment is not guaranteed. Like all other students, non-degree students complete their own course registration online.

The application deadline is May 15.

Admission requirements:



Non-degree students paying tuition and fees can qualify for Campus Care as long as they are registered for at least three credit hours. More information on non-degree admissions and year-round deadlines can be found on the Graduate College admissions website.