Montana State University

The Graduate School

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172580
Bozeman, MT 59717-2580

Tel: (406) 994-4145
Toll Free: 1-800-255-7962
Fax: (406) 994-4733
Location: 108 Montana Hall


Dr. Karlene A. Hoo, Dean

The Graduate School - Policies and Procedures

Non Degree Graduate Status

General Information 

Non-degree graduate students are those who have earned a bachelor’s degree and:

  • do not wish to pursue a graduate program leading to an advanced degree at MSU but wish to take courses;
  • have been denied regular or provisional admission;
  • have non-degree standing through the recommendation of the department or The Graduate School;
  • whose formal degree application is pending final action;
  • who applied too late to be admitted for the intended term;
  • who wish to apply for the teacher certification program, Northern Plains Transition to Teaching, Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate, or WWAMI.

International students should refer to the international student section for more information.

Non-Degree Application Requirements

Non-degree seeking applicants must submit the Application for Graduate Admission to The Graduate School. All applications must include:

  • a completed Application for Graduate Admission;
  • a non-refundable application fee payment of $60 for online applications or paper applications;
  • an official* transcript reflecting the completion of the first bachelor’s degree. Transcripts from Montana State University Bozeman are on file. No need to resubmit.

    *official means that the transcript comes directly from your attending university to our university, not through the applicant (even if the applicant has their own official copy)

Non-Degree Application Deadlines
Domestic non-degree applications must be received by The Graduate School by the first day of classes. Please refer to the Registrar's Calendar for dates.

Non-Degree Registration

New non-degree students will be eligible to register for classes as soon as the completed application is processed. An acceptance letter with registration information will be mailed to the applicant within five business days following the receipt of the completed application. Be advised if you are registering for an online course, you will not be able toa ccess the course online until the admission process is complete.

Non-degree graduate students may register for both graduate and undergraduate level courses.

Ineligible for graduate assistantships
Non-degree graduate students are not eligible for graduate assistantships.

Use of non-degree credits on a future graduate program
For information regarding the use of non-degree credits on a future program on study, please refer to the section on Transferring Credits.

Continuing Education

  • Enrollment in continuing education courses does not imply application to non-degree graduate status.
  • If taking continuing education courses while in non-degree graduate status, the courses are considered non-degree credits unless the student has been formally admitted into a graduate degree program.

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