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Non-degree graduate students take one or more graduate courses a semester without enrolling in a degree program.

You can:

  • Deepen your knowledge of an advanced area of study
  • Strengthen your application for a degree program
  • Meet continuing professional education requirements



You will need official transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and/or post-baccalaureate study. Alumni of MSU do not need to submit their MSU transcripts.

For information on admissions policy for non-degree graduate applicants, visit the Graduate School's Admissions Policy.


The estimated tuition cost and fees for taking a 3-credit graduate course in the 2020/2021 academic year is $1,022.66 for a Resident, and $3,488.81 for a Non-Resident.

To find out how to change residency in order to gain in-state status, see the link to the Residency Policy.

Up-to-date and more detailed information on tuition costs for graduate students can be found on the Registrar's Expenses webpage.

Note: Non-degree graduate students are not eligible for graduate assistantshipsorfinancial aid.