Applying as an undergraduate Non-Degree Seeking Student
If you have a bachelor’s degree (or higher), you may still want to take some additional undergraduate courses without working toward another degree. In this case, you should apply for transfer admission as a non-degree seeking student.
- Applying: The process for applying as a non-degree seeking student is the same as that for applying for transfer admission.
- Decisions: Non-degree seeking students are considered along with all other transfer students for the limited spaces in each school or college. Decisions are based on the same competitive criteria used for making all transfer admission decisions, including a competitive grade point average.
- Classification: If you’re admitted as a non-degree-seeking student, you’ll be classified as an undergraduate and be subject to the rules that apply to other undergraduates.
- Major selection: Non-degree seeking applicants must apply for (and be accepted to) a specific school or college, even though they aren't seeking a degree. The major they select when applying should be one specifically intended for a non-degree seeker.
Some colleges have additional requirements and restrictions for non-degree students. For instance, non-degree applicants in the McCombs School of Business must have a prior business degree. Check with the college or school to which you are applying for details.
Taking Graduate Courses
To enroll in a graduate course, non-degree seeking undergraduates must obtain the approval of the instructor and the departmental graduate advisor and meet prerequisites for the course. Graduate-level courses taken while enrolled as an undergraduate non-degree-seeking student do not count toward a UT Austin graduate degree.
Changing Your Status
If you enter UT Austin as a non-degree-seeking student and later decide that you’d like to pursue a degree, you’ll need to request a change to undergraduate degree-seeking status. To do so, contact the Office of Admissions at 512-475-7387.
The process of changing your status to degree-seeking requires more than simply requesting a change of major. Even if you’re already enrolled as a non-degree seeking student, you’ll have to meet the criteria required of all transfer admission applicants, including submitting official transcripts from all institutions you’ve attended in the past. Transferable undergraduate credit and coursework completed at UT Austin will also be considered.
If you decide to request a change of status, you’ll also have to contact the dean’s office in the school or college that governs the degree plan you’re interested in entering for information about major-change procedures.