Becoming a non-degree graduate student requires filling out an application and submitting official transcripts. (See Admission Requirements at Graduate Admissions.) GRE and TOEFL scores and letters of recommendation are not required but (as of August 2006), applicants for special student status are reviewed by the department's Graduate Admission Committee to ensure that applicants have a bachelor's degree with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5/4.0.
Special graduate students can only register for a maximum of 9 credit hours. Students who are required by the U.S. Immigration Service to be degree-seeking students are not eligible to be special graduate students.
Special graduate students should consult with the Special Graduate Student advisor on matters relating to their academic program, especially if they are interested in eventually pursuing a graduate degree.
A non-degree graduate student becomes a regular degree-seeking student by applying and being accepted to a degree program. Students who applied for non-degree status because they did not meet the minimum requirements for a degree program should apply as soon as the relevant case below applies. Note that a grade "B" or better must be earned in all courses taken in the cases below.
After admission into a degree program, a student can request that the 400-level courses taken as a special, non-degree student be applied as Transfer Courses towards the coursework required by the degree program.
(Students with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science who have a GPA below 3.0/4.0 but at least as great as 2.5). The student should complete 6 credit hours of Computer Science courses at the 400 and 500 level as a special, non-degree student before applying for admission to the Master of Computer Science (not Master of Science in CS) degree program.
(Students with a Bachelor's degree not in Computer Science who have a GPA below 3.0/4.0 but at least 2.5). The student should take CS 201, 401, 402 and two additional 400/500-level Computer Science courses as a special, non-degree student before applying for admission to the Master of Computer Science (not Master of Science in CS) degree program.
(Students with a foreign diploma not equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree who have a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or above and legally reside in the U.S. or have a proper visa). The student must first take any necessary deficiency courses. These may consist first of one or more 200 and 300-level courses or CS 401 and 402. These must be then be followed by two 400-level Computer Science courses other than CS 401 or 402. All these courses should be taken as an Undergraduate Post-Baccalaureate (UBP) student. (See Admission Requirements at Graduate Admissions.) Next, the student should apply for special, non-degree graduate student status and take two 500-level Computer Science courses. The student can then apply for admission to the Master of Science in CS or Master of Computer Science degree program.