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Non-Degree Program Application Requirements and Deadlines

All applications must be submitted through the University’s Online Application System. Supplementary materials such as the statement of background and goals and resume should be uploaded into the online application system. Once the application is complete, it will be appropriate department's admissions committee. Average processing time for a completed application is three to four weeks.


  • Spring – December 1
  • Summer – May 1
  • Fall – August 1

Non-Degree Study Application Checklist:

  • Completed Non-Degree Application
  • Official transcripts* of all graduate and undergraduate work to date
  • Short Statement of Background and Goals
  • Resume
  • $20 Application Fee

*Scanned copies of transcripts will not be accepted as official.  Applications will not be reviewed without official copies of the transcripts.

Instructions for the Statement of Background and Goals:

In a short 1-2 page double-spaced essay, state your reason for undertaking graduate study. Convey how graduate study enhances your career plans. Also, discuss any substantial accomplishments, either collegiate, professional, or in the community, which cannot be inferred through other areas of your application. Finally, explicitly talk about your area of interest, such as nonprofit management or public finance, or any specific courses that you wish to take as non-degree student.

For more information, contact: 
Rockefeller College Office of Graduate Admissions
 | 518-442-5396