Students are classified as non-degree seeking students if they have not been formally admitted into a graduate degree and who have not been denied admission to the University. Non-degree students are applicants, who have completed at least a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States and are not working towards a graduate degree. They may be taking courses for their own enrichment, for Florida certification for education, or to complete a FAMU graduate certificate program. Please note that not all graduate degree programs accept non-degree students. Before you apply for admission as a non-degree student, contact the program director for the graduate program that offers the course you want to take. Ask if the program accepts non-degree students and if specific enrollment instructions apply for graduate-level courses.
Non-degree seeking graduate students are limited to earning 12 credit hours. Any student, who attempts to exceed the 12 credit hour limit without being accepted into a degree-seeking program at the University, will be placed on a registration hold. The hold can only be cleared upon producing evidence of admission to a degree seeking program. Courses taken as a non-degree seeking student may be used to fulfill degree program requirements, with the approval of the appropriate academic unit.
Please note that non-degree admission or admission to a graduate certificate program at FAMU does not guarantee admission to graduate status in a degree program. International students are not eligible for non-degree status unless they hold an eligible visa.
Non-Degree seeking students will be charged for tuition and fees according to the Florida A&M Tuition and Fee Schedule. In general, non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid, assistantships, or fellowships.
Please note that not all graduate degree programs accept non-degree students. Before you apply for admission as a non-degree student, contact the program director for the graduate program that offers the course you want to take. Ask if the program accepts non-degree students and if specific enrollment instructions apply for graduate-level courses. A graduate GPA will be calculated for non-degree students, based on the graduate courses the student takes at FAMU while in the non-degree status. Non-degree seeking students whose graduate GPA falls below a 3.0, will not be allowed to continue taking more graduate courses.
- Graduate Admissions Application
- Residency Classification form (submit with online application).
- A $5 non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants for each application submitted.
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) showing an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. For FAMU students applying as non-degree seeking students do not need to request transcripts of your FAMU course work. These will be accessed internally.
- Immunization Form.*
The FAMU Registrar’s Office, which processes the non-degree seeking student applications must receive the applications and all supporting documents electronically by the stated application deadline.
To expedite the processing of materials, download and print the Immunization Form from the online application. Send the completed form to the address specified on the form. This form is not used in making an admission decision. However, you will not be allowed to enroll at FAMU without submitting the Immunization Form.
Non-Degree Seeking Applicants should fill out the application at in its entirety and submit the appropriate residency documents to the Office of the Registrar. Click here for additional information.
The application must be accompanied by a signed advisement form from the Graduate Coordinator of the academic program. The application fee for non-degree seeking students is $5.00. Applications are accepted until the end of the Add/Drop period. However, additional registration fees may be assessed if the student applies during the Late Registration Period.
**Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for Financial Aid**