Graduate Non-Degree Program

The Graduate Non-Degree (GND) program may be an option for you if you would like to:

  • Explore courses for possible future enrollment in a graduate/professional degree program
  • Take courses for personal or professional enrichment
  • If you need to take a course for licensing, such as for teaching, contact the department/school to determine the best way to proceed.

You must hold at least a bachelor’s degree to be eligible to apply to the GND program. 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.

While there is no deadline for the Graduate Non-Degree application, you should apply early to ensure you will get into the class(es) of your choice but at least a week before the semester starts. Normal application processing time is one week.

Admission to the GND program will not guarantee admission to a graduate degree program.

  • Who Should Apply to the GND Program?

    Some programs, such as medicine, do not allow GND students to take their courses. Some programs/schools have their own non-degree programs. They include: Accounting, Dentistry, Education, Herron, Library Science, Nursing, and Physical Education & Event Tourism Management.

    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.

  • GND Requirements After Admission

    • You must achieve at least a 3.0 in all courses if you intend to apply to a graduate program and want those courses to be transferred to that program should you get accepted.
    • You must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 if you do not intend to apply to a graduate program.
    • You are not able to take classes on a Pass/Fall option.
    • You cannot acquire more than 9 to 12 graduate hours in a school or department. If you plan to apply to a program, be sure to ask the maximum credits they will accept from GND students.
    • You cannot acquire more than 18 undergraduate credit hours in a school or department, unless you receive special permission from the department, which must be communicated from the program advisor to the GND coordinator by email.
    • You may need departmental approval/permission for certain courses before you can register.
  • Financial Aid

    Generally, students enrolled in the GND program are not eligible for financial aid. GND students taking graduate classes as prerequisites to get into a graduate program should review information about the Non-Degree Prerequisite Coursework Verification form ».

    The 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.

  • English Proficiency

    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.


If you have plans to apply to a graduate program at some point in the future, you may want to consider attending one of our information sessions or workshops for tips on the application process.

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 graduate non-degree program as a visiting student. 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 2 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 current academic intentions at IUPUI?" You must select the last option, "To apply to a graduate non-degree program."

    You will be asked to select an academic program. Your selection should be based on your current academic intentions. Note: Only "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 processing time is approximately one week. After your application is processed you will receive acceptance and registration information via email.

    Apply to the Graduate Non-Degree Program »

  • Returning GND Students—Update Form

    If you have not taken courses in the GND program in the last 24 months, you will have to reapply by submitting a new application to the GND program. Otherwise, you may complete the Graduate/Professional Program Update form.

    Fill out the Graduate/Professional Program Update form now  »

    Send the completed form via email to, 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.

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