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Non-degree seeking students

Students who hold a baccalaureate degree but do not wish to earn a graduate degree at Columbia College may enroll in graduate courses as non-degree seeking students. Non-degree seeking students with a bachelor’s degree may complete a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours of graduate-level coursework. There is no limit to the number of hours a non-degree seeking student can take if the student has an advanced degree. Non-degree students are not eligible for federal financial aid. Students enrolling at Columbia College under this non-degree status may be considered for degree-seeking status in a subsequent semester by completing the full degree-seeking application process. Non-degree seeking students cannot change/update to degree seeking in the middle of an academic semester.

For all programs, official transcripts from degree-granting institutions (undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate) and institutions where any of the required prerequisite coursework was completed are required. All other transcripts may be submitted as unofficial copies.

Every applicant to any Columbia College program or location must complete the following steps for admission. Additional requirements may apply to specific applicant status (i.e. full, post-bacc, non-degree, readmit, international, etc.). See specific applicant status policies below for more information.

  • Submit a completed application at www.ccis.edu/apply
  • Authenticate identity (see Student Authentication)
  • Provide proof of graduate program readiness & pre-requisite completion (see policies below)
  • Provide program-specific, supportive documentation (see policies below)

MAT non-degree

Those applying as non-degree seeking student must submit a resume and present a minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative grade point average.

M.Ed. non-degree

Those applying as non-degree seeking students must submit a resume and copy of current teaching certification. Applicants must present a minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative grade point average.

MSCJ non-degree

Those applying as non-degree seeking students must submit a resume and present a minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative grade point average. (See MSCJ Admissions Requirements)

MBA non-degree

Those applying as non-degree seeking students submit a resume and present a minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative grade point average, as well as all prerequisite coursework. (See MBA Admissions Requirements)

Non-degree seeking students are required to remain in good academic standing (not on academic or disciplinary probation). Non-degree seeking students who do not enroll in one or more consecutive semesters (Main Campus Day) or six consecutive sessions (Main Campus Evening and Nationwide/Online locations), must reapply for non-degree admission. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

International students who wish to enroll part-time at Columbia College may be considered for admission as a non-degree student. Students must be degree seeking to be eligible for a SEVIS I-20 Form from the College at applicable locations. Non-degree seeking international students must show proof of English proficiency.

Enrollment for non-degree seeking students is on a space-available basis only. Course selections may be limited. Many courses include prerequisite/corequisite requirements. (See course descriptions for details regarding specific courses). Non-degree seeking students must provide proof that course prerequisites have been met prior to enrolling in the respective course(s). Failure to meet these preliminary requirements may result in being dropped from the course(s).

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