Graduate applicants to the College of Professional Studies may be eligible to take up to 16 graduate (nondoctoral) quarter hours toward their program while completing the formal application process by seeking special student status.

  • Students taking courses under special student status are expected to satisfy applicable course prerequisites before enrolling in a course.
  • Students taking courses under special student status are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Special student status does not guarantee acceptance.
  • The maximum number of courses students may take under special student status is two. After completing two courses, students will be blocked from further course registration until they have been officially accepted into a program.

The following programs are not available for special student status: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT); Master of Education, Special Education Concentration; Master of Science in Applied Nutrition; Doctor of Education; Doctor of Law and Policy.

Special student status is not an option for students seeking an F-1 visa.