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Non-Degree Applicant

You are considered a non-degree applicant if you would like to take graduate-level courses but not complete a full graduate program plan of study and obtain a graduate degree. 

Note: Admission as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to a graduate degree program.

How to Apply as a Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Applicant

To apply to West Virginia University as a first-time graduate applicant:

  1. Create an account* and complete the graduate application. If you applied to WVU as an undergraduate applicant in 2017 or later, you can use the same account to apply as a graduate student.
  2. Pay the $60 application fee**
  3. Submit the application

NOTE: The application runs best in the Google Chrome browser.  Applicants will NOT be able to submit their application until all required sections are complete and all required documentation is uploaded. If you experience any technical difficulties or payment errors please email or call 304.293.5980.

**Application fee waiver are available for current WVU and WVU Medicine employees, active military personnel and veterans, McNair Scholars, and AmeriCorps and Peace Corps members.

Application Considerations

University GPA Requirement

Non-degree seeking graduate applicants must meet the University standard of possessing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.50 on a 4.0 scale  for  regular admission . Non-degree students must maintain a 2.25 GPA during enrollment. 

Some graduate programs have minimum GPA requirements that are higher than the University minimum. Please consult with a program representative from your graduate program of interest to determine the GPA requirement for that graduate program.

Official Undergraduate Transcripts

WVU cannot accept scans, uploads, faxes, or unverified photocopies of transcripts as official.

Graduate degree-seeking applicants must send their official transcript from the undergraduate institution that granted the bachelor’s degree. It is preferred that official transcripts be sent via an online, secure service such as  eScrip-Safe,  National Student Clearinghouse, or  Parchment to Alternatively, sealed, untampered with physical official transcripts can be sent to:

WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment 
P.O. Box 6510 
Morgantown, WV 26506-6510


WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment 
1 Waterfront Place 
2nd Floor 
Morgantown, WV 26505

Alternative mailing address for International applicants.

If your undergraduate degree is in-progress at the time you apply, please send the transcripts to-date. If you receive admission into your intended graduate degree program, final transcripts the reflect recently completed courses and the conferred undergraduate degree will need to be sent.

Graduate degree-seeking applicants who have completed a graduate degree at an external institution are not required by the University to submit official masters or doctoral transcripts.  Please check with your graduate program of interest to determine if they require the official masters or doctoral transcripts.

If West Virginia University is your undergraduate degree granting institution you do not need to send transcripts.

Degree-Seeking Eligibility

To be eligible to enter a graduate degree-seeking program, the non-degree student must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA on all graduate coursework taken since admission. A non-degree graduate student may accumulate unlimited graduate credit hours. If a student is later admitted into a degree-seeking program, the faculty of that program will decide what credit, if any, may be applied to the degree. Non-degree seeking students may not apply more than 12 credit hours of previously earned credit towards a degree. These are the minimum admission requirements. Please contact the graduate program of interest  for more information.

NOTE: You will NOT be able to submit your application until all required sections are completed and any required documents are uploaded.

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