This option is available for students who would like to experience graduate level classes while making a decision to pursue either a graduate certificate or a MS or who would like to broaden their knowledge base of forensic sciences to enhance their professional development. If a student registers for three credits during a particular term as a non-degree student and wishes to attend another term for three credits, a new non-degree application is required each term. The non-degree application only pertains to the term in which it is submitted.
For the non-degree student, grades will be given and held on a transcript, but will not be counted toward a degree, including the certificate, at the University of Florida until full admission is granted. At that time, up to six credits accumulated in this status--where the student earned a "B" grade or better and the course(s) taken count toward the program in which they were accepted--will be petitioned to count toward the certificate or MS program the student was accepted into.
Enrollment in a course as a non-degree student does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Students need to meet the entrance requirements for the program they wish to enter.
Please review the non-degree minimum requirements before applying by clicking the 'requirements' tab above.
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.
Non-Degree Minimum Requirements
For All (Domestic and International) Applicants
- A baccalaureate degree in a natural science subject from one of the institutional accreditors (or international equivalent) found in the “Accreditation” section at https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/graduate/. If your bachelor's degree is not in a natural science subject, please email Dr. Oliver Grundmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- An upper-division GPA of 2.0 (C grade) or better. To calculate what your upper-division GPA is, please use the following form: Upper Division GPA Worksheet.
Additional Non-Degree Minimum Requirements: For International Students Only
- The English language skill requirements for admission
- If your native language is not English, or if you graduated with a bachelor's degree from a non-English speaking country, you will need to take and submit your TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or other Graduate Council approved English language skills test scores.
- Non-English speaking countries are those which are not included in the graduate school's list of English speaking countries.
- To take non-degree courses, the applicant must score the following on the TOEFL:
TOEFL Exam Type Required Score Paper-based 550 Computer-based 213 Internet 80
- A maximum of six credits can be taken as a non-degree seeking student.
- A student who is already admitted to the University of Florida needs to contact us before an application is submitted.