Continuing Non-Degree Programs
The holder of a baccalaureate degree who wishes to study on a nondegree basis without necessarily concentrating in a single department may be admitted to the University Graduate School as a Continuing Nondegree student on the Bloomington campus.
Such students may not accumulate more than 18 credit hours in a single subject area, and may enroll only in those courses for which they can obtain specific permission to register, which takes into consideration the academic background of the individual and course enrollment limitations. Continuing Nondegree students do not pay an application fee but are responsible for regular tuition and mandatory fees as well as a $25 processing fee each semester they enroll through the program. A person may register for undergraduate or graduate level courses; however, graduate fees are assessed for all.
The University Graduate School requires that while registered through the Continuing Nondegree Program students have:
- no less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA;
- no more than 18 credit hours accumulated per subject area;
- no more than two incompletes; and
- no more than 12 credit hours in one semester.
As do all Indiana University students, all Continuing Nondegree students must abide by the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, And Conduct and the Registrarís Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin. If taking classes through the CND Program in a school other than the University Graduate School, the Continuing Nondegree student is also subject to the policies of that school.
A student initially admitted as a Continuing Nondegree student who later wishes to obtain a graduate degree must make formal application and be admitted to a departmental degree program. The department may then recommend to the dean that credit earned as a Continuing Nondegree student be applied to degree requirements. Students should be aware that certain departments and schools specifically prohibit work taken under Continuing Nondegree status from counting toward a degree after a student has been admitted to a degree program. If an applicant knows to which degree program he/she may later apply, the applicant should seek the departmentís policy of accepting credit taken as a nondegree student.
For further admission and program information, students should consult the University Graduate School at Bloomington, Kirkwood Hall 111, firstname.lastname@example.org, (812) 856-4503. People interested in only undergraduate-level courses may contact the School of Continuing Studies Bloomington, Maxwell Hall 020, 750 E. Kirkwood Ave., email@example.com, (812) 855-4991. If interested in a graduate nondegree status on the Indianapolis campus, one should consider the Graduate Nondegree Program, 620 Union Drive, Room 518, firstname.lastname@example.org, (317) 274-1577. The three nondegree programs are similar but admission requirements and fees differ.
Note: A person who has not been admitted to a degree program but who intends to study primarily in one department may be admitted by that department with the approval of the dean as a special student. If the department of interest admits special students, one must apply to the department just as degree students do and should indicate the desired status. Not all departments admit special students.
Forms and Directions for Completion
To apply to the Continuing Nondegree Program, the applicant must complete the following online application:
As well as a paper CND Course Enrollment Request Form signed by the appropriate parties for each course you want to enroll in:
If you would like to view a paper version of the application and course request process:
Don't forget to review the Continuing Non-degree Policy Statements
Please note that a separate Course Enrollment Request Form is required for each course one wishes to take (each semester); and the applicant is responsible for obtaining the signatures from each instructor and chair. These signatures inform the Graduate School that a department is willing to allow a nondegree student in the course if space is available at the time of registrationóthe signatures do not guarantee enrollment in the course unless the departmental staff choose to reserve space for the student. The completed and signed forms must be forwarded to the University Graduate School by mail, fax, or email and are processed on a first-come-first-served basis before the applicant is allowed to register. The Graduate School can not guarantee actual enrollment in the courses, because degree-seeking students have enrollment priority in the event of a space problem.
Returning Continuing Nondegree Program students need to complete only the Course Enrollment Request Form and obtain signatures each subsequent semester. Registration dates specifically assigned to Continuing Nondegree Program students are available from the University Graduate School (email@example.com) or found in the Office of the Registrarís Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin.