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Students interested in taking coursework at MSU, but not interested in completing a degree at the university, have one of two options. They may enroll as an “unclassified” student, and take up to 12 hours in any one degree program, or they may enroll as a “visiting” student, and apply every semester they wish to take a specific course at MSU. Students select their enrollment option when they complete the “Application for Admission to Graduate Study” by choosing to enter either “unclassified” or “visiting” under “Write in the name of the program or type of degree/non-degree certification that you are seeking to pursue.”

Students attempting to meet a certain amount of graduate hours for teaching certifications (to teach, say, dual enrollment or community college classes) traditionally sign up as “unclassified” students. This status limits them to a maximum of 12 credit hours in English, but those 12 hours are often all they need to complete their certification/accreditation.

Students completing a graduate degree at another institution sign up as “visiting” students. To be granted “visiting” status, students must submit either a letter of good standing from the graduate dean at their school or an official graduate transcript. Unlike “unclassified” status, which is limited to hours taken, the “visiting” designation is limited to term enrolled. Students who wish to visit more than one semester must resubmit all of the application paperwork each semester. (This resubmission, though, does NOT involve the one-time-only application fee of $30. Students only need to pay that once.)

Students interested in taking specific courses listed in specific terms should make a point of submitting their full applications at least five weeks before the advanced registration date for the term in question. Our courses tend to fill up a few days into advanced registration, so the only way to guarantee a seat is to be admitted in good standing and ready to enroll on the first day of advanced registration. (For specific dates and times, please visit the Registrar’s “Class Schedule” and click on “Early Registration.”)

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