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Visiting and Non-Degree Seeking Students

A visiting (non-degree seeking) graduate student is considered a special student who enrolls in graduate courses without being admitted to a graduate degree program.  The information below details who should and should not apply as this type of student as well as the general admission requirements and how to apply.  Any time a prospective student is interested in enrolling in graduate courses without being admitted to a graduate degree program, the student must notify the department of his intent.  The department is responsible for informing this type of student whether or not space is available in the course(s) in which the prospective student intends to enroll.  Note:  An individual admitted as a visiting (non-degree seeking) student is not eligible for university funding or student loans.

Who Should Apply

Visiting (non-degree seeking) applicants may include the following:

  • A prospective student who was advised to enroll as this type of student by the degree program 
  • An individual who would like to enroll in a graduate course without being admitted to a degree program (Check with the department/degree program to ensure space is available)
  • An individual only seeking continuing education credits (Check with the department/degree program to ensure space is available)

General Admission Requirements

  • At least a bachelor's degree
  • Completed online graduate admission application
  • Application fee: $50.00 (The application fee can be paid by credit/debit card at the time you submit your application or by money order)
  • A maximum of nine credit hours can be taken before the visiting student must apply for admission to a degree program (Please note that some programs may only count a maximum of six credit hours taken as a visiting student towards the degree.  Please check with the degree program.)
  • Check directly with the department of the degree program to which you are applying to determine if any additional documents/materials are required to meet the degree program's visiting student admission criteria
  • For application deadline dates, please see our Application Deadline Dates.

How to Apply

NC Central University will be using a new application system starting with the summer 2020 admissions application. Please note the specific link below for spring 2020 admissions and the specific link below for summer 2020 or fall 2020 admissions.

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