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Lifelong learners often want to take graduate courses without enrolling in a specific program. They may want to prepare for admission to a graduate degree program at UMSL or elsewhere, explore a new discipline, take courses, workshops, or institutes for career advancement, or simply undertake personal enrichment experiences. Status as a Non-Degree Graduate Lifelong Learner, or graduate post-baccalaureate, allows students such flexibility. A Non-Degree Graduate Lifelong Learner has access not only to some graduate and undergraduate classes but also UMSL’s libraries, laboratories, recreational facilities, etc. Lifelong Learners can take more credit hours outside of a degree track than the standard Non Degree student can without needing to reapply. Like all students, however, a Lifelong Learner's account will go inactive if they do not enroll for three consecutive semesters or more, and they will need to reapply and be admitted to become active again for enrollment. 

This category does not qualify for financial aid.

Applicants must submit an official transcript directly from their BA institution which shows completion of a baccalaureate or higher degree, with a G.P.A. of 2.5 or greater.  The transcript must document a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a U.S. university or a university in which instruction is in the English language.

International students residing in the United States who do not satisfy the above requirement and are seeking admission as a Non-Degree Graduate Lifelong Learner must provide the transcript and the same evidence of proficiency in English as required for international graduate admissions. 

Non-Degree Graduate Lifelong Learners pay graduate educational tuition and fees regardless of whether they take graduate or undergraduate courses.

Please ask your institution(s) to send official transcripts directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.

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