Non-Degree, Non-Matriculated Study

Personal / Professional Development | Pre-Graduate Preparation | Visiting Student

Reasons for applying to become a non-matriculated (non-degree) student vary, but usually fall into the following categories:

  •  Personal or professional development: Those who have earned a master's degree or higher at Fredonia or elsewhere are welcome to apply for non-degree graduate study for the purpose of personal or professional development.  A maximum of 9 credit hours is allowed, but may be waived with permission of the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research by completing the form located at this web address:/gradstudies/forms-policies.
  •  Pre-graduate preparation: Students who have earned a bachelor's degree and need to take graduate-level coursework in order to bolster a weak undergraduate GPA or to prove capability for graduate-level work may apply for non-degree study and, if approved, take a maximum of 9 credit hours.
  •  Visiting graduate students: Graduate students who attend other schools and are interested in taking coursework at Fredonia may apply for non-degree graduate study and, if approved, take a maximum of 9 credit hours.

To help maintain the quality of our graduate programs and to ensure appropriate enrollment capacity, we ask that applicants explain reasons for requesting non-matriculated admission and indicate from which department(s) desired classes are sought.

A maximum of nine (9) credit hours (6 credit hours of education coursework) taken as a non-degree student is allowed. These credits may later be applied to a graduate degree program at Fredonia upon the student's request.

As a general rule, students taking graduate courses without pursuing a degree who decide to apply for a degree program must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 at the time they apply. Under unusual circumstances, chairpersons may accept students with a lower GPA into a degree program, but in that case, the students enter with conditional status, with one semester in which to improve their records.

Graduate Studies Office

E230A Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3808
(716) 673-3712 fax