Admission as a Special Student

Non-degree seeking (Special) status allows access to academic courses for students desiring to continue their education without seeking a degree. To apply for admission, submit a completed Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship application along with the one-time $30 undergraduate application processing fee. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial assistance including federal or state financial aid or institutional scholarships.

Non-degree status students who wish to enroll in a degree-seeking program must complete a new application for admission for the term in which they are seeking to change their status. No more than 24 hours of coursework completed by as a special student may be used to fulfill degree requirements. Students interested in moving into a degree seeking status will fall into one of two categories:

  1. Those who have earned fewer than 24 semester credit hours at MSU must meet the admissions standards for first-time freshman.
  2. Those who have earned 24 semester hours will be considered as a transfer or returning student and be subject to admission standards for the appropriate category. Returning students must provide a final high school transcript.