Graduate Non-Degree Program
If you hold at least a bachelor’s degree and want to take graduate courses without pursuing a degree, the Graduate Non-Degree (GND) Program may be for you. Graduate non-degree students may enroll in graduate courses only or enroll in a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses in the same semester. Note: any undergraduate courses taken as a GND student are at the graduate student credit hour rate.
Graduate coursework in medicine, dentistry, law, business, education, nursing, and social work is typically not available to GND students. If you are interested in taking classes in any of the programs mentioned above, the GND program is probably not your best option and you should contact that school (medicine, dentistry, law, etc.) for advice.
If it is your intent to pursue an advanced degree at some point, we encourage you to contact the graduate department/program you're interested in for advice on specific course issues, permissions for designated courses and/or the best admission options.
Once admitted, students in the graduate non-degree program must:
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and a 3.0 for graduate programs
- Acquire no more than 9 to 12 graduate hours in a school or department
- Acquire no more than 18 undergraduate credit hours in a school or department, unless they receive special permission from the department, which must be communicated from the program advisor to the GND coordinator by email.
Admission to the GND program will not guarantee admission to a graduate degree program.
Generally, students enrolled in the GND program are not eligible for financial aid. GND students taking classes as prerequisites to get into a graduate program may contact the Office of Financial Aid for the Non-Degree Prerequisite Coursework Verification form. This form must be completed and then signed by a representative from the graduate program the student wishes to be admitted to before submission to Financial Aid for consideration.
According to University requirements, all non-native English speakers must present evidence of English language proficiency as part of their application to IUPUI. For more information, check out the Office of International Affairs website. Proof of English proficiency will need to be provided to the Graduate Office before acceptance into the GND program.
Before you apply, please contact the graduate department you’re interested in to determine your best admission and course options.
If you’ve determined the Graduate Non-Degree (GND) program is the right fit for you, the next step is to apply.
If you are an international student, please visit the Office of International Admissions’ website for information and instructions on applying to the undergraduate and graduate non-degree program. Visit the Office of International Admissions »
First-Time GND Students
If you have never enrolled in coursework at IUPUI through the Graduate Non-Degree (GND) Program, or it has been 5 or more years since the last time you were enrolled, and you wish to take either graduate courses or a mix of graduate and undergraduate courses, you must start with the University Graduate School online application for admission.
Make sure you answer the questions in the order that the tabs are presented. Do not skip back and forth from tab to tab, as this can cause prompting of unnecessary or incorrect questions.
On the first page of the application you will see the question "What are your academic intentions at IUPUI?" You must select the second option, "To take graduate level classes at IUPUI for..."
You will be asked to select an academic program. Your selection should be based on your current academic intentions. Note: Only "All other GRAD Non-degree" applicants are routed to the IUPUI Graduate Office. The other selections route to their respective schools.
You will be asked to list the college/university from which you received your bachelor's degree. The table below offers a short list of some of the common colleges/universities in Indiana and the code assigned to each college. If you don’t see your university listed, spell it out in the application
Ball State University 0000025646 IU South Bend 0000026984 Butler 0000025864 IU Southeast 0000026982 DePauw 0000026371 Ivy Tech 0000027112 Franklin 0000026650 Marian College 0000027473 Indiana Wesleyan 0000026985 Notre Dame 0000029110 Indiana State University 0000026976 Purdue 0000028228 IU Bloomington 0000026978 Rose-Hulman 0000028345 IU East (Richmond) 0000026979 St. Francis 0000029174 IU Kokomo 0000026981 University of Evansville 0000029013 IU Northwest 0000026980 University of Indianapolis 0000029033 IPFW 0000026974 University of Southern Indiana 0000029170 IUPUI 0000026975
Transcripts, personal statements and letters of recommendation are NOT required for the GND program.
At the end of the application, you will be asked to pay a $60 application fee using a credit/debit card. Your application will not be processed until the application fee is paid.
The first page of the application will ask the following questions:
"If you are NOT a U.S. citizen, what is your current/intended Visa type or immigration status?"
If your answer is that you are a permanent resident, undocumented resident, asylee (political asylum) or refugee, you must scan and upload documentation of your visa status using the additional upload feature in the department information tab.
Normal process times are approximately one week. After your application is processed you will receive acceptance and registration information via email.
Returning GND Students—Update Form
If you have been previously admitted to the IUPUI Graduate Non-Degree Program in the past five (5) years and stopped taking classes for more than one semester and wish to take either graduate courses or a mix of graduate and undergraduate courses, complete the Graduate/Professional Program Update form. There is no fee.
Send the completed form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 317-278-2380, or bring/send a copy to our office at:
IUPUI Graduate Non-Degree Program
755 West Michigan Street, UL 1170
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Normal process times are approximately one week. After your update form is processed you will receive acceptance and registration information via email.
Undergraduate Courses Only
If you wish to take undergraduate courses only as a non-degree seeking student, complete the undergraduate non-degree admissions application. Note: you cannot enroll in graduate courses as an undergraduate non-degree student.