To apply as a nondegree-seeking student, you’ll need to follow the steps below.
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Students interested in taking individual university-level courses (not part of a degree program) must apply to the university to be admitted as a nondegree-seeking student.
Consider the following before you start:
- Even if you do not intend to earn a degree, you may need to provide a transcript.
- International students will need to provide more information, such as English language requirements.
- If you are applying from out of state, you will pay a minimal nonresident fee in addition to tuition. For more details, visit the Cashiers Office.
During the application, you’ll be asked two questions about being a nondegree-seeking student. Choose the responses provided below:
- "Do you want to choose a major in order to seek a bachelor's degree at Mizzou with this application?" choose "No, I just want to take a few courses as a nondegree-seeking student."
- "Do you want to take your courses On-Campus or Online?" choose "Online."
High school dual enrollment
If you are a student who wishes to earn college credit while earning your high school diploma, find out if you are eligible and how you can enroll in courses.
Graduate nondegree-seeking (post-baccalaureate)
Students interested in taking individual courses (not part of a degree program) must apply to the university to be admitted as a post-baccalaureate student.
If you are applying to take graduate-level courses as a post-baccalaureate student, you can provide unofficial transcripts as temporary supporting documentation. You will ultimately need to provide a baccalaureate transcript that meets the following guidelines:
- The transcript is from a regionally accredited institution.
- The transcript includes the official degree conferred and the date the degree was awarded.
Send your transcript to:
Mizzou Graduate Admissions
210 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Note: If your undergraduate degree is from Mizzou or if an official copy of the bachelor's degree transcript is already in your file, you will not need to send us a transcript.
After you apply
Both undergraduate and graduate nondegree-seeking students will receive an email on how to activate your myZou account and enroll in courses.
Graduate nondegree (post-baccalaureate)
Community (nondegree-seeking) students
Keep in mind
Even if you aren’t committing to a degree, be aware of these details so you can be sure a UM System university is the right fit for you.
Financial aid & payment
Nondegree-seeking students do not qualify for federal financial aid, nor can nondegree-seeking veterans qualify for VA benefits. If a third party, such as an employer, is paying for your courses, we can help you with the payment process.
For potential degree students
Taking a course to see if one of our degree programs is right for you? Taking a course as a nondegree-seeking or post-baccalaureate student does not guarantee admission to a program. Nondegree-seeking students may be limited in the number of credit hours they may take. For example, Mizzou graduate programs will accept at most 12 hours of credit and Missouri S&T graduate programs will accept at most 9 hours of credit taken as a nondegree-seeking student (and in some cases less). You will want to check with your chosen program to ensure that you don’t take more than acceptable.