Why enroll as a non-degree seeking student?
If you are interested in a particular subject or want to explore online learning with UF before committing to a master’s degree or graduate certificate program, enrolling as a non-degree seeking student will allow you to experience the program and gain valuable knowledge.
What are the admission requirements?
The following are the minimum requirements to become a non-degree seeking student:
- Bachelor’s degree from one of the institutional accreditors (or international equivalent) found in the “Accreditation” section at https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/graduate/ (recommended major in the sciences)
- An upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better
- English language skill requirements (international students only)
If you do not have a bachelor’s degree in a science subject or would like more information about admission requirements, please visit the admissions page.
How many credits are available?
You may take up to 7 credits in the microbiology master’s degree program as a non-degree seeking student or you may take up to 6 credits in the environmental microbiology graduate certificate program as a non-degree seeking student. A new non-degree application is required for each new term. There is no application fee for non-degree seeking students. To transfer up to 7 credits to the master’s degree in microbiology and cell science program or up to 6 credits to the graduate certificate in environmental microbiology program, you must be admitted to the master’s degree or graduate certificate program and earn a grade of “B” or higher in the course(s) (“B-” or less will not transfer). Being a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee acceptance into the master’s degree or graduate certificate program.
How much will it cost?
Tuition is $535 per credit hour, plus fees. Some courses may require textbooks.
All courses taken as a non-degree seeking student are credit-bearing. Your official transcript will list coursework, course number, course title and grade received. The earned hours, hours carried and GPA will read as zero on your official transcript as those fields are only completed for UF degree seeking students.
If you are planning on transferring UF non-degree coursework to another institution for credit, it’s advised that you first verify with the other institution that the credit will be accepted.