Special Student Status

As a graduate applicant you may be eligible to take up to two graduate level courses toward your program while completing the formal application process.

To qualify for special student status you must:

  1. Complete your online application for a master’s degree or graduate certificate 

  2. Submit proof of bachelor’s degree completion through one of the following:

  • Copy of bachelor's degree diploma
  • Copy of bachelor's degree transcript
  • Official bachelor's degree transcript


How do I know I qualify?

Once you have met the qualifications for special student status you will receive email notification from our admissions team outlining next steps.

International students do not qualify for special student status unless they have a specific visa status or they are an online applicant for eligible programs.


  • Students taking courses under special student status are not eligible for financial aid
  • Special student status does not guarantee acceptance
  • The maximum number of courses you may take under special student status is two. After completing two courses, you will be blocked from further course registration until you have been officially accepted into a program.
  • The following programs do not qualify for special students status:
    • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
    • Master of Education, Special Education Concentration
    • Doctor of Education
    • Doctorate in Law & Policy
    • Fast-Track programs (undergraduate)

Talk to an Enrollment Coach

We can walk you through your program options and the application process.


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