The Schar School of Policy and Government offers students the opportunity to take courses within our school in non-degree status. This option is suitable for those individuals who do not currently wish to pursue a degree, but are interested in taking graduate courses that are offered by the Schar School. To be eligible for non-degree graduate course work, students must have completed an undergraduate degree. Please note that international students seeking F-1 or J-1 visas or those holding F-1 or J-1 visas are not eligible to apply for non-degree study.
If a non-degree student decides to seek admission into degree status, he/she must reapply for admission using the Application for Graduate Study and submit all required credentials. If admitted into the degree program, a maximum of four classes taken in non-degree status may be applied towards a degree program.
The following credentials are required when submitting a non-degree application:
- Upload unofficial transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the U.S.
- TOEFL score or IELTS score is required for students whose have not earned a degree in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada (except Quebec), and New Zealand. **Please note that students submitting internet-based TOEFL exam results must earn a minimum total score of 88 and a minimum score of 20 on each individual exam section. The minimum IELTS total score is 6.5. Note: George Mason University’s code is 5827.