Graduate Application Process

Graduate Degree and Certificate-seeking student

Applicants who desire to apply to a degree-granting program must have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or complete the degree prior to enrollment. Students are advised to apply at least six months in advance for admission. International students should allow more time for the application process. All credentials submitted to BGSU become the property of BGSU and will not be released. Please visit the Graduate Application Instructions page to learn more about the process and start an application.
Questions regarding the application procedure should be directed to the Graduate Admissions, 200 University Hall (419-372-2791).

Graduate Non-Degree-seeking student

A Graduate Non-Degree student is defined as a student who has earned a 4-year degree and who wishes to enroll in graduate or undergraduate-level courses without pursuing another degree. There is no application fee. The student is not limited to the number of credit hours taken at BGSU; however, only 9 graduate credit hours will transfer to a graduate degree program. 

When submitting a Graduate Non-Degree application, please allow 4 business days for processing. Confirmation will be sent to your email address once the application has been processed. Applicants who have indicated a felony conviction will be notified within 1 business day of any additional information that may be required. Apply to be a Graduate Non-Degree Seeking student.

Eligibility for Financial Aid as a Graduate Non-Degree student

In most instances, Graduate Non-Degree students are NOT eligible for federal financial aid. For example, students taking classes in order to raise their GPA in order to be admitted into a graduate program are not eligible for federal student loans. Students who are taking courses while waiting to be admitted into a graduate program or if the school is waiting for your GRE test scores are also not eligible for federal student loans.

To determine your eligibility for Federal Financial Aid, please review the Student Financial Aid (SFA) Guest Student or Graduate Non-Degree Review Form (click OTHER DOCUMENTS to expand). Additional questions may be directed to the SFA office at 419-372-2651.

Teacher Certification/Licensure Coursework

A student cannot receive federal financial aid for optional courses the student elects to take for professional recognition or advancement. This includes taking courses for advanced educator licensure or endorsements, or for initial courses recommended by the school by not required for certification/licensure or renewal/re-licensure.

A student may receive Federal Direct Loans if enrolled (at least six credit hours) in a required teacher certification/licensure program. To qualify, the program must be required for initial PK-12 teacher certification/licensure of renewal/re-licensure in the State of Ohio.

Licensure instructions for Non-Degree

Online Graduate Non-Degree Application

For further information, send email to:

[Please include your name and BGSU I.D.# in all correspondence.]

Last Updated: 4/4/19

Updated: 05/18/2021 09:34AM