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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 to obtain a graduate degree.


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

How to Apply as a Non-Degree Applicant

To apply to West Virginia University as a Non-Degree Applicant:

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Application Considerations

University GPA

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

Additional Application / Admission Requirements

Official Undergraduate Transcripts

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Degree-Seeking Eligibility

To be eligible to enter a 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.

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Review our application frequently asked questions or contact a Graduate Admissions and Recruitment staff member.

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