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Types of admissions

Students may be admitted to graduate study under one of the following classifications:

Degree-seeking student

An applicant who meets all requirements for admission to a degree program and who has been recommended by the department or school in which the applicant proposes to study may be admitted as a degree-seeking student.

Provisional student

An applicant who is missing an official document or test score may be admitted provisionally to a degree program, if recommended by the department and approved by the graduate dean. In order to finalize admission, all pending documentation must be provided by the end of the fourth week of the first semester of matriculation in the program. Holds will be placed by the Graduate School on all future registrations for students who do not submit required documentation by this deadline. An applicant who has not fully met the requirements of the program or school to which admission is sought also may be admitted to that program or school as a provisional student.

Reasons for requesting a provisional admission are evaluated by the department/program and the school, and documents supporting a request of provisional admission are forwarded to the dean of the Graduate School with a request for admission. Conditions of a provisional admission for unmet academic standards must be met within one year of enrollment. No prerequisite courses taken as a provisional student may be applied toward a graduate degree. Failure to meet conditions of provisional admission will result in the student’s dismissal from the Graduate School.

Revised 5/11/2010
University Graduate Council

Nondegree-seeking student

An individual who wishes to take graduate courses without formal admission to a degree program is classified as a nondegree-seeking student. There is no limit to the total number of credits a nondegree-seeking student may take, as long as the student’s academic performance is credible. In courses where enrollment is limited, first priority is given to students admitted to the program, followed by other VCU graduate degree-seeking students. Nondegree-seeking students are not exempt from any prerequisite that may be specified for a course. A nondegree-seeking student who is later admitted as a degree-seeking student will not be allowed to apply toward a degree more than six credits earned as a nondegree-seeking student.

In order to enroll in graduate courses as a nondegree-seeking student, students must have graduated (or be in final term expecting to graduate) from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent. Information and forms certifying eligibility to take graduate courses are available at VCU Records and Registration service centers, or at the Graduate School, which is located in the Moseley House on the Monroe Park Campus.

The maximum number of credits for which nondegree-seeking students may enroll in any semester without special permission is 15. More than 15 credits is an overload. More than 15 credits may result in increased tuition. Permission to enroll for more than 15 credits may be granted upon the written recommendation of the adviser who oversees the enrollment of nondegree-seeking students for their programs/schools through departmental governance procedures, to the dean of the Graduate School.

Revised 5/10/2011
University Graduate Council


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