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  • Non-degree Admissions

    NOTE: While the non-degree application states that non-degree applications are not being accepted for fall and spring terms (for in-person campus courses), this is not the case for the special programs, such as the online forensic science programs. Please disregard this statement on the non-degree application.
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    Non-degree General Information

    This option is available for students who would like to experience graduate-level classes while making a decision to pursue either a graduate certificate or a master’s degree, or who would like to broaden their knowledge base of forensic science to enhance their professional development. If a student registers for 3 credits during a particular term as a non-degree seeking student and wishes to attend another term for 3 credits, a new non-degree application is required each term. The non-degree application only pertains to the term in which it is submitted.

    For the non-degree seeking student, grades will be given and held on a transcript, but will not be counted toward a degree, including the graduate certificate, at the University of Florida until full admission is granted. At that time, up to 6 credits accumulated in this status—where the student earned a "B" grade or better and the course(s) taken count toward the program in which they were accepted—will be petitioned to count toward the graduate certificate or M.S. program the student was accepted into.

    Enrollment in a course as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Students need to meet the entrance requirements for the program they wish to enter.

    All courses taken as a non-degree seeking student are credit-bearing. Your official transcript will list coursework, course number, course title and grade received. The earned hours, hours carried and GPA will read as zero on your official transcript as those fields are only completed for UF degree seeking students.

    If you are planning on transferring UF non-degree coursework to another institution for credit, it’s advised that you first verify with the other institution that the credit will be accepted.

    Non-Degree Minimum Requirements

    For All (Domestic and International) Applicants

    1. A baccalaureate degree in a natural science subject from one of the institutional accreditors (or international equivalent) found in the “Accreditation” section at If your bachelor's degree is not in a natural science subject, please email Professor Nancy Toffolo at
    2. An upper-division GPA of 2.0 (C grade) or better
      1. To calculate what your upper-division GPA is, please use the Upper Division GPA Worksheet.

    Additional Non-Degree Minimum Requirements: For International Students Only

    1. The English language skill requirements for admission
      TOEFL Exam Type Required Score
      Paper-based 550
      Computer-based 213
      Internet 80


      • A maximum of 6 credits can be taken as a non-degree seeking student.
      • A student who is already admitted to the University of Florida needs to contact us before an application is submitted.

    Non-Degree Application

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