UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Non-degree Status

In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not wish to study for a degree or a teaching credential may be admitted to graduate status with a non-degree objective. The admission requirements and procedures are the same as those for prospective candidates for degrees, with the exception that some departments do not require the GRE for non-degree applicants. The applicant must specify the major and must justify, in the statement of purpose, that the plan of study has a definite scholarly or professional goal. A non-degree student is accepted for a maximum of one academic year. Students in non-degree status are not eligible for fellowships, nor are their courses ordinarily accepted for credit toward an advanced degree at UCSB should they decide later to apply for admission into a master’s or doctoral program.