Non-Degree/EAP Reciprocity Applicants
In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not wish to study for a degree may be admitted to graduate status on a non-degree basis. EAP reciprocity and other non-degree applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their department/program directly to inquire about research and study opportunities before submitting the application.
Graduate EAP reciprocity students should apply as non-degree applicants by selecting the Non-Degree Objective (NO) after choosing their major/program of interest in the online application. The admissions requirements and procedures are the same as those for prospective degree candidates. The applicant must specify the major and justify in the statement of purpose that the plan of study has a definite scholarly or professional goal.
A non-degree student is accepted for a maximum of one academic year. Students in non-degree status are not eligible for fellowships, nor are their courses ordinarily accepted for credit toward an advanced degree at UCSB should they later decide to apply for admission into a master's or doctoral program.
Current non-degree students wishing to apply for admission into a master's or doctoral program must submit a new graduate application; a Graduate Student Petition is not acceptable for adding the degree objective.