Non-Degree Seeking Admissions

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Students may be granted special admission to earn certification, update professional skills, earn transfer credit, or attend a workshop.

Submit the following admission credentials to the Graduate School

  • An application for non-degree admission to Graduate School (click here to apply)
  • Official copies of transcript(s) direct from accredited universities/college(s) to Graduate Admissions. Community College transcripts are not required. Applicants must possess a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 (undergraduate degree) or a graduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.00. Official transcripts can be sent electronically using script, Parchment or another approved electronic service to, or by mail to: The Division of Graduate Studies, Jackson State University, P.O. Box 17095, Jackson, MS  39217
  • International applicants must submit satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • Out-of-state and International applicants must submit a $25.00 application fee. Applications will not be processed without payment of the application fee. Payment is made by using a credit/debit card at the time of application.  Application payments are processed as part of the application.

Program Information

  • Students in Non-Degree status may not enroll in more than six (6) hours per semester
  • Not more than a total of twelve (12) hours may be taken while in Non-Degree status
  • Approval for Non-Degree status does not guarantee subsequent admission to a degree-conferring program
  • Non-Degree students who may wish to continue at a later date must earn a 3.00 average for any graduate courses completed as a special student
  • Non-Degree students who wish to earn a degree at a later date must apply for admission and meet all regular admission criteria and earn a GPA of 3.00 for any course completed in non-degree status
  • Credit earned in Non-Degree status is treated as transfer credit (maximum of 12 hours)


Registration Procedure

  • After the appropriate credentials are on file with the Division of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Dean will authorize admission as a Non-Degree Student.
  • The student should meet with the department chair or designee offering the desired course(s) for advising and course selection.
  • Approval for these courses is obtained by the student with the signature of the appropriate department chair.
  • The student is enrolled into the selected courses by the departmental chair.
  • Students in Non-Degree Status are admitted for only one (1) semester. To enroll in a subsequent semester, the student must re-apply.
  • After enrollment in courses, registration is completed by payment of fees and tuition.


General Application Deadlines

  • Fall – March 1
  • Summer – March 15
  • Spring – October 15

Please view  Important Dates for information on Registration.

Graduate registration for Non-Degree students is held 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
during each registration period.

Our office is on the First Floor of the H. P. Jacobs Administration Tower.