Non-Degree Seeking

Non-degree Seeking
Admission Process and Checklist

The process is similar to degree-seeking applicants. However, non-degree seeking applicants (Advanced Special or Visiting Graduate Status, see definitions below) complete the application, pay the appli­cation fee (READ subsection B. 2. for IMPORTANT in­formation governing this fee), read, sign and submit the Summary Provisions sheet, and sub­mit tran­scri­pts. Evaluation/recommendation forms are not required. No other forms or informa­tion will be needed unless the appli­cant will be satisfy­ing item B.1.c. or B.1.d. of the crite­ria for admis­sion to Ad­vanced Special status, or is an in­ter­na­tional applicant. Those seek­ing Maryland In-State Status for tuition purposes complete the Maryland Residency form. The Non-degree application form, the Summary Provisions sheet and the Maryland Residency form are all on the Graduate School’s Prospective Students webpage.

Visiting graduate students should refer to subsection B.2. under “Cat­egories of Admission”, for the option on tran­scripts.

Categories of Admission (non-degree seeking):

1. Advanced Special Student Status: This status is designed for applicants who are not immediately interested in seeking a degree, but wish to enroll in graduate level courses for personal or professional enrichment. Since Advanced Special stu­dents en­roll in the same classes as degree-seeking students and are sub­ject to the same course prerequisites, stan­dards for admission to this sta­tus cannot be lower than what the degree pro­grams would allow for regular or provisional admission.

Applicants for admission to this status must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institu­tion or the U.S. minimum credit hours equivalent of this degree in another country and satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

   a. Have earned an overall “B” average or cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0).

   b. Hold a master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent of this degree in another country.

   c. Hold a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 or non-U.S. GPA equivalent and submit a resume which       summarizes their suc­cessful post-baccalaureate work or professional experi­ence. 

   d. Achieve a score, which would place an applicant in the upper 50 percentile of appropriate national standardized aptitude examinations such as the GRE or MAT. Test scores (copy or original) must be submitt­ed with the application.

Unofficial transcripts (stu­dent issued) or photocopies of diplo­mas may be submitted with the application for initial review, but by the end of the first semester of enroll­ment, the student must have sent an offi­cial tran­script (with seal and signa­ture) from each undergraduate and graduate institution, showing all credits earned and de­grees awarded.

Admission to Advanced Special Student status is granted by the Graduate School for a period of five years. The degree seeking admission statuses of Full (Regular) or Provisional do not apply to the Advanced Special Student non-degree seeking status.

Advanced Special Student status is not intended to be a conduit for later admission to a UMES graduate pro­gram.  Only six cred­its hours earned while in this status may be applica­ble to a degree program should the student be subse­quently admitted. For consider­ation of admis­sion to a de­gree program, the stu­dent must submit the application for degree program and meet all admis­sion re­quire­ments of the desired graduate program and the Graduate School, including an overall grade point average of 3.0 among the gradu­ate courses taken at UMES.

There are restric­tions on graduate program courses in which Advanced Special Students may not enroll or enroll with reservations (see the Summary Provi­sions attached to the Non-degree Application).

Advanced Special Students must pay all standard graduate fees. Students in this status are notpart of any of the UMES graduate programs, and ther­efore are not eligible for assistant­ships, fellowships or financial aid. All other services and fees, e.g., parking, library privileges, are the same as for other graduate stu­dents.

Because Advanced Special is a non-degree status, it is not applicable for international applicants on an F-1 (student) visa. Advanced Special is allowable for F-2 visa holders (de­pendents) and may be allowable in some instances for other visa hold­ers (e.g., H-1).

There is an abbreviated admissions process for this status (see Admissions process for non-degree and the Summary Provisions attached to the non-degr­ee applica­tion form). 

The application deadline for consideration of Advanced Special Student Status is no later than ten (10) workdays prior to the registration date set for each semester or session.

2. Visiting Graduate Student Status: Graduate students matriculated and in good academic standing in another recognized graduate school, who wish to enroll in the UMES Graduate School and intend to return to their home institution, may be admitted as a Visiting Graduate Student. (NOTE: This status is not given to graduate students already matriculated within the University System of Maryland (USM) cam­puses, who register for courses at other USM campuses as an inter-campus student.)

The applicant need not submit full transcripts of credits, but must apply for admission to the Graduate School and pay the application fee. In lieu of transcripts, a student may have the graduate dean at his/her institution certify in writing to the UMES Graduate School, that the student is in good academic standing and that the credits to be earned at UMES will be transferred to the home in­stitution. Unless otherwise speci­fied, admission to this status will be offered for one year only.

The application deadline for consideration for full time study under this status is one month prior to the registration date set for each semester or session, and ten (10) work days for part-time study (see Ad­vanced Special deadline above).

3. Continuing Education (Off-Campus) Students:Students registering for graduate level courses through Continuing Education must first make application to the UMES Graduate School and be officially admitted. The application guidelines to be followed will generally be those for the Advanced Special Student Status. Continuing Education students pay the graduate application fee, the off-campus registration fee and graduate tuition.

C. Special Backgrounds

1.Golden Identification (ID) Program:  The Golden ID Program makes available, without tuition charge, courses at participating University System of Maryland campuses to those 60 years of age or older who are legal residents of the State of Maryland and retired. Maryland resident status will be determined by UMES from data on the residency form. A re­tired person is defined as one who is not employed for more than 20 hours per week.

Those who are eligible for the Golden ID Program must apply for graduate admission (either as degree or non-degree seeking), check the Golden ID box on the application, pay the ap­plication fee, complete the Mary­land residency form, and meet all applicable admissions criteria for degree or non-degree seeking status. Once admitted, Golden ID students may register for courses, subject to any prerequisites or restrictions, and are entitled to academic services like other students during the time of actual en­rollment. Tuition and fees will be waived for the Golden ID Holder.  See the undergraduate admissions office on applying to the Golden ID program, obtaining the Golden ID card, and for further information on the program.

2. Veterans’ Benefits: UMES is fully accredited for accepting Veter­an students and assists them in their need for certification of eligibili­ty. The undergraduate Admissions office coordinates veteran services on campus.

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