Graduate Non-Degree

Applying to Graduate Non-Degree

The Ohio State University offers the opportunity for students to be admitted to the Graduate School in general without being admitted to a degree-granting program. Non-degree students can take graduate-level coursework. Some common reasons include: personal enrichment, professional development of certification, to familiarize themselves with the rigor of graduate study or to earn graduate credit that can be applied to a degree program at another college or university.

It is important to note that if you take courses Graduate Non-Degree and wish to transfer them into a degree program at Ohio State, only 7 credit hours will count towards your degree.

Before applying, make sure to check out the application instructions .

To apply:

  1. Go to
  • Select About Graduate
  • Select Non-Degree study
  1. Choose Apply and determine your application term.

If you have previously enrolled as a degree-seeking student in the Graduate School at Ohio State, use the Transfer of Graduate Program  form instead of the application.

Transferring in Graduate Non-Degree Credits

If you have already taken Graduate Non-Degree courses and have been accepted into a degree-granting Graduate program that will accept the credits, follow the directions under Graduate Non-Degree Transfer Credit here .