Section 2.4: Guest and Non-Degree Students


Guest student status enables students to take a limited number of graduate courses for credit.  To be admitted in this category, a graduate student must have earned a bachelor’s degree.  Guest students typically take courses for job or personal achievement. Students pursuing a degree at another institution may apply as a guest student.

Guest students may remain in this status until no more than 6 semester hours at the graduate level of KSU credit have been attempted.  Students cannot earn a degree or certificate in this admission status.  Guest students who wish to pursue a degree or certificate program or continue after 6 semester hours of graduate coursework have been attempted must apply for regular admission.  Credit hours taken in this status may apply to a degree or certificate program with the approval of the academic college dean.

Guest students must meet all prerequisites for courses (or obtain permission of the instructor). Graduate guest students must also obtain approval from the corresponding program coordinator.

Individuals who have been denied admission to or are under dismissal from KSU are not eligible for guest student status.  Guest students are not eligible for financial aid.


Admission as a non-degree student enables students to take a limited number of courses for credit (either full-time or part-time).  Students in this status are not seeking a degree, but may wish to earn a certificate or take courses for job achievement, personal enrichment, intellectual curiosity or other personal reasons. Students cannot earn a degree in the non-degree status.

Non-degree students must meet all prerequisites for courses (or obtain permission of the instructor).  All fees, deadlines and performance standards for degree-seeking graduate students apply to non-degree-seeking students.

Application for graduate non-degree student status should be made through the Division of Graduate Studies.  Students who plan to pursue a graduate certificate program must apply as a non-degree student, unless they are already in a concurrent degree program.  Admission is based on the same criteria detailed in the Admission—Graduate Student policy in the University Catalog.

Non-degree students must register for coursework within one year after the admission date.  Admission of students who do not register within one year will be inactivated. Students must complete another application if they desire to register for coursework at this time.  Once registered, graduate non-degree students may continue to take courses for six years.  Six years after the first registration, non-degree students will be inactivated and must reapply for admission if continued registration in graduate coursework at KSU is desired.  Anyone who has been denied admission to graduate studies, or is under dismissal from the University, is not eligible for graduate non-degree student status.

Graduate non-degree students who wish to pursue a degree must apply for admission to the degree program.  A maximum of 12 semester hours of credit taken as a non-degree student may be petitioned to satisfy requirements of a degree program.  A petition for transfer of credit must receive approval of the department/school and the academic college dean.  Note that some departments/schools will not accept any credit hours for transfer.

In addition to meeting all prerequisites for courses (or obtaining permission of the instructor), graduate non-degree students must obtain approval from the corresponding graduate/program coordinator to register for graduate courses.  Students may not transfer in credit earned at another university while in non-degree status.