Students who do not wish to pursue a graduate degree at UAB or who wish to begin graduate study before being admitted to a degree program can apply as a graduate non-degree seeking student by submitting these requirements:

Online Application

Complete a Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Application by clicking the link below. You will need to create an account for each application you wish to submit. The non-degree seeking application deadline is five business days prior to the start of each term.

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Application fee

The Graduate School’s standard fee is $40 for non-degree seeking students. The application fee is non-refundable.

Verification of degree

Admission as a non-degree seeking student requires a recognized baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree from a regionally accredited (e.g. SACS) college or university. Official transcripts are not required for domestic institutions; students indicate completion on their online application. Verification of an international credentials is required to confirm equivalency of a four-year degree.


*Because of U.S. immigration requirements, international applicants (i.e., those who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents) cannot normally be admitted as non-degree seeking students unless already residing in the United States. Immigration laws should be consulted to determine eligibility of students.

Non-degree Policies

Newly admitted graduate non-degree seeking students must understand the non-degree policies prior to enrolling in graduate level courses at UAB. As such, all graduate non-degree seeking students will be required to read and sign the Acknowledgement of Non-Degree Policies form prior to registration at UAB.

  • There is no limit to the number of graduate non-degree (GN) hours a non-degree seeking student can accumulate. However, should a student choose to enroll as a degree seeking student at UAB, no more than 12 semester hours earned as a non-degree graduate student may be applied toward the advanced degree.
  • Registration as a non-degree student requires departmental approval.
  • Should a student be admitted to a degree program, the credit earned while in non-degree seeking status is not automatically acceptable toward a degree. A request for transfer of non-degree seeking credits will not be considered until the student has completed at least nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit in the current UAB program and is in good academic standing.
  • Non-degree students are not eligible for federal financial aid.