Nondegree-seeking students

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To apply as a nondegree-seeking student, you’ll need to follow the steps below.

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Undergraduate nondegree-seeking

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.

Fill out the undergraduate application for admission.

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.

Fill out the application for high school dual enrollment.

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
gradadmin@missouri.edu

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.

Fill out the graduate application for admission.

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.

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.