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Certificate/Non-Degree Path

Non-degree students are those who wish to improve their professional or personal development without being required to fulfill degree requirements, are not certain about their prospective field of study at Illinois Tech, have less than a 3.0/4.0 undergraduate GPA, or are unable to submit a completed regular application prior to the beginning of the semester. Non-degree students are not accepted into a graduate degree program and are not classified as degree-seeking students.


All required credentials must be received by the first day of the semester (although we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible) for consideration as a non-degree student.


Illinois Tech requires a four-year bachelor's degree* conferred with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5/4.0 (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution for admission as a non-degree student.

*Please contact your Admission Specialist if you have questions regarding this requirement.


A final admission decision (for regular-degree seeking admission) may be deferred until the requisite GPA has been achieved in study as a non-degree student, or until the required documents are available. The Office of Graduate Admission will notify non-degree students of the conditions under which they are admitted.

Changing to Degree-Seeking Status

Non-degree students seeking to convert to degree-seeking status must complete an application for admission to their degree program of choice prior to the completion of nine credit hours of non-degree study. If a non-degree student applies for and is granted admission to a degree program at Illinois Tech, a maximum of nine credit hours of approved coursework taken as a non-degree student and passed with a grade of "B" or better may be applied to the degree.

Non-degree students who wish to continue to take courses as non-degree students beyond nine credit hours must declare, in writing, their respective intents not to pursue a degree program to the Graduate College's Office of Academic Affairs.

For complete application instructions please visit the application checklist page.