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Non-Degree Admissions

If you wish to take graduate courses without pursuing a graduate degree, you have three options:

  1. Advanced Special Student Status,

  2. Visiting Graduate Student Status, or

  3. Golden Identification Cardholder Status (for Senior Citizens)

Advanced Special Student Status

To qualify as an Advanced Special Student, you must:

  • Have achieved a cumulative 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) average for work done at the undergraduate level; OR
  • Have earned a master’s, doctoral, or a post-baccalaureate professional degree (MD, JD, DVM, etc.) from a regionally accredited institution; OR
  • Have attained a score that places you in the upper 50th percentile of an appropriate national standardized aptitude examination, such as the GRE, GMAT, or Miller Analogies Test; OR
  • Provide a letter of support from the graduate director of the degree program in which you plan to take a course.

To apply, you must:

  • Submit a completed online application, which includes uploading official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and a personal statement, and
  • Pay the non-refundable $75 application fee.
  • Read the FAQs so you are familiar with the policies associated with this status. (see Non-Degree Admissions section)
  • Please note:  The deadline for application as an Advanced Special Student is the first day of classes for the semester in which you plan to attend. View the university’s academic calendar to see when each term begins.

Visiting Student Status

A graduate student matriculated in another graduate school who wishes to enroll in the University of Maryland Graduate School and who intends to return to the graduate school in which he or she is matriculated, may be admitted as a Visiting Graduate Student.  To apply for Visiting Graduate Student status, you must submit a completed online application and pay the $75 application fee.

If you are matriculated in a U.S. institution, you must submit:

  1. A personal statement,
  2. A letter from the Graduate Dean at your home institution confirming that you are in good academic standing and that courses taken at the University of Maryland will be transferred to your home institution, and 
  3. A letter from the University of Maryland department that will be hosting you confirming that you will be taking courses in that department.
  4. Transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE/GMAT test scores are not required.

If you are not matriculated in a US institution, you must submit:

  1. A personal statement,
  2. A letter from the Graduate Dean at your home institution confirming that you are in good academic standing and that courses taken at the University of Maryland will be transferred to your home institution, and
  3. A letter from the University of Maryland department that will be hosting you confirming that you will be taking courses in that department.
  4. Transcripts and letters of recommendation are not required. TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores may be required.

Golden Identification Cardholder Status (for Senior Citizens)

The university’s services and courses are available without charge to US citizens who are:

  • Residents of the state of Maryland,
  • 60 years of age or older, and
  • Retired (not engaged in gainful employment for more than 20 hours per week).

Individuals who meet these requirements may apply for graduate admission, either as degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking students, and must meet all admissions criteria.

Once admitted, these students will be issued a Golden Identification Card. Golden ID cardholders may register for courses in any session on a space-available basis and use the library and other University facilities during the time they are enrolled in courses. Golden ID cardholders may register during the first week of classes for up to 3 courses; they may not pre-register. Tuition will be waived for Golden ID cardholders, but mandatory fees must be paid. Please visit the Registrar’s website for more information on the Golden ID registration procedures.