Non-Degree Applicants Admission Requirements
1. Application: Each applicant must submit a completed application, with the appropriate nonrefundable application fee, to the Graduate School. To apply online, click here. Paper applications are only available upon request in the Graduate School office.
2. Residency Form (included in the online application): All applicants who claim South Carolina residency for tuition and fee purposes are required to complete a residency form. Additional information may be requested if further clarification is needed.
3. Official Transcripts (pdf - 102 KB): Applicants must submit official transcripts (sent directly to the Graduate School from the issuing institution) indicating completion of a baccalaureate degree*, or a copy of a South Carolina Class III Teaching Certificate or its equivalent from another state. *Degrees or coursework completed at an institution that does not hold accredtitation from the commission on colleges of a regional accreditation agency will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Students may be admitted with graduate non-degree status if the stated undergraduate prerequisites do not exceed 12 hours. Students needing more than 12 hours of prerequisites should seek admission as an undergraduate special. Admission as a graduate non-degree student in no way guarantees subsequent admission into a graduate degree program. Students classified as graduate non-degree who later elect to pursue a degree program must have their credentials evaluated for admission to the program.
Graduate non degree students who are seeking admission to a graduate degree program may take no more than 12 semester hours of graduate credit at Winthrop prior to being admitted to a graduate degree program. Should the student subsequently be admitted to a degree program, a maximum of 12 semester hours of graduate non-degree credit may be applied toward the degree.
Courses taken while a student is classified as graduate non-degree may not be applied toward a degree program in the College of Business Administration. The College of Business Administration restricts this category to transient students enrolled in other graduate programs, to students holding graduate business degrees and to students taking courses to satisfy professional obligations such as teacher certification requirements.
Note: Students who are admitted as non-degree are not eligible for financial aid, graduate assistantships or scholarships.