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Students wishing  to enroll in graduate courses but who are not admitted to a formal graduate degree program at ETSU may apply for Non-Degree Admission.  These applicants are expected to have, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and must submit an official transcript verifying the bachelor’s degree prior to the end of the first term of enrollment. 

Admission Requirements, Deadlines and Procedures

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required for admission as a non-degree student.  Applicants may apply online at or print a paper application from the same site.  After receiving notification of acceptance from the School of Graduate Studies, the student must contact the College of Nursing Office of Student Services (423-439-4578) for permission to register as a non-degree student.  The College of Nursing may exclude non-degree students from designated courses.

Terms and Conditions

Students may petition for the transfer of a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit (whether from ETSU or other accredited institution) if grades of “B” or higher were received (“B-“ grades do not transfer).  The time limit for use of credit toward a certificate is four to six years.  The time limit for the master’s degree is six years and the time limit for the doctoral program is seven years.  The completion of courses as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to a College of Nursing graduate program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is not available for non-degree students.


Students in the graduate nursing program (whether degree-seeking or non-degree) must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.  Receiving grades of less than “B” in non-degree courses can adversely affect the applicant’s potential for admission to the degree program.

Questions?  an advisor in the Office of Student Services

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