Graduate Admissions

Guest/Non-Candidate for Degree

Guest Students
Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree-seeking program at another university may request permission to enroll in graduate courses at the University of Michigan-Dearborn as a guest student. Master’s level students are permitted to enroll for a maximum of 6 semester hours of credit and doctoral level students are permitted to enroll for a maximum of 9 semester hours of credit as a guest student at UM-Dearborn. Guest students register on a space-available basis.

Please note that the University of Michigan-Dearborn participates in the Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Studies (MIGS) program. If the courses you are interested in taking are not available at your home institution, you should consider applying through the MIGS option.

Non-Candidate For Degree (NCFD)
NCFD status enables qualified individuals not in a degree-seeking program to take a maximum of 6 credit hours for graduate credit. NCFD students register on a space-available basis. Courses elected by students under this status cannot be counted toward a degree program until the student receives regular degree-seeking admission and the graduate program advisor determines that the courses are acceptable. Please note: the College of Business on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus does not offer enrollment under NCFD status.

All guest and NCFD students are:
Subject to all UM-Dearborn admission and registration regulations.
Admitted for one term only. Additional registration under this status requires a new application each term.
Assessed regular UM-Dearborn tuition and related fees for all courses elected.
Not eligible for financial aid.
Responsible for determining if credit earned as a guest/NCFD student will be accepted by their degree-seeking program of interest if applicable.

All guest/non-candidate for degree applicants must provide the following documentation for admission consideration:
A completed guest/NCFD application form.
Official transcripts from the students undergraduate degree-granting institution and when applicable, from all other higher education institutions where graduate courses were completed or are in progress.
For guest applicants only: Written permission from the students home institution verifying enrollment in a graduate program and granting permission to elect the course(s) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is required.

Exempting, Waiving, and Repeating Courses

The following policies on course waivers, exemptions and repeats apply only to the University of Michigan Dearborn non-Rackham master’s programs. University of Michigan Dearborn Rackham master’s programs are required to follow the academic policies of the Rackham Graduate School.

Some University of Michigan Dearborn master’s programs permit course waivers and/or exemptions. Wherever permitted, course waivers or exemptions are initiated and approved by program faculty. A course may be waived -- thereby reducing the number of credit hours required for the degree -- in cases when students have taken courses similar in content to courses in a graduate program. A course exemption, on the other hand, does not reduce the total number of credit hours needed to satisfy program requirements, and thus requires the replacement of the exempted course with another approved course.

Course waivers/exemptions are approved for academic study of a subject; they are not approved for experiential background in the subject area.

Course Waivers

It is recognized that some students may have taken courses that are similar in content to courses in a graduate program. Under these circumstances, with academic unit approval, a course requirement may be waived. Course waivers reduce the number of credits required for the degree. It is important to note that all masters students will still need to accumulate a minimum of 30 credits in order to earn the degree. Many master’s programs require more than 30 credit hours. To qualify for a waiver, typically, the course should have similar content as the course required for the University of Michigan-Dearborn program. Students should consult their academic unit for their specific policies; not all graduate programs permit waivers.

Course Exemptions

On occasion, a course in a graduate program may not be available, may no longer be offered due to program changes, or the student may have taken a course with equivalent content. In these instances, and for other similar reasons, programs may consider granting a course exemption. The determination of courses suitable for exemption rests with the academic unit.

To qualify for an exemption, the course should be similar in content to a course required for the University of Michigan-Dearborn graduate program. An approved course exemption does not reduce the total number of credit hours needed to satisfy program requirements. Programs must require an approved course to replace an exempted course. Students should consult their academic unit for their specific policies and process; not all graduate programs permit course exemptions.

Repeating Courses

Graduate students, with the permission of the program advisor, may repeat a course. Grades and honor points for the original course and the repeated course(s) will appear on the student’s transcript and be used in computing the student’s grade point average; however, additional credit toward program will not be awarded for the repeated course