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"Non-Degree Seeking" Students in Letters and Sciences

Letters and Sciences (LTSC) is the academic advising home for undergraduates who have not chosen a degree-granting major. LTSC is also the academic home for “Non-Degree Seeking” students. Please see the FAQ below for answers to common question concerning “Non-Degree Seeking” students. If you have additional questions, you may either contact us by calling 301-314-8418 or by emailing us at askltsc@umd.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a "Non-Degree Seeking" student? What does this mean?
  2. What is the admission process for “Non-Degree Seeking” students?
  3. When can I register for classes?
  4. Do I need to speak with a LTSC advisor before I register?
  5. Can UMCP guarantee me the courses I need?   
  6. Can my transfer credits be posted at UMD?
  7. Why am I affiliated with LTSC as a “Non-Degree Seeking” student?
  8. Can I take any course I wish to take?
  9. What types of classes do most LTSC "Non-Degree Seeking" students seek to take?
  10. Why has the Science in the Evening (SIE) program been suggested to me?
  11. What other benefits exist with the Science in the Evening program?
  12. Is a Bachelor's Degree required to participate in the Science in the Evening program?

1. What is a “Non-Degree Seeking” student? What does this mean?
Applicants who qualify for admission to UMCP but do not desire to work toward a baccalaureate degree may be admitted as “Non-Degree Seeking” students. The majority of “Non-Degree Seeking” students at Maryland already have a Bachelor’s Degree and are commonly called “post-bacs.” This means these students do not need to go through the competitive review process required for admission to the University of Maryland. See the Admissions’ page for more information (See next question). Remember that these students do not seek and are not awarded a degree from Maryland.

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2. What is the admission process for “Non-Degree Seeking” students?
There are several answers to this question. See the Office of Undergraduate Admssions for more information: https://admissions.umd.edu/apply/requirements/special-audiences.

  1. If you are a transfer applicant without a bachelor’s degree and wish to apply for admission as a nondegree-seeking student, you should follow the transfer application instructions. Please be sure to indicate "nondegree seeking" on the application.
  2. You must submit a completed application form, official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended and the application fee. You will be reviewed under the same standards for admission as degree-seeking students. If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree, transcripts are not required; however, since you may need to demonstrate that you have met prerequisites for courses, it is a good idea to have one available to advisors. Admitted non-degree seeking students register on a space-available basis beginning on the first day of class.
  3. If you wish to enroll for one semester as a visiting student and transfer the course work back to your home institution, you must submit the transfer application, official transcript and and a letter of permission from an academic advisor or dean at your home institution.

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3. When can I register for classes?
Admitted “Non-Degree Students” register on a space-available basis beginning on the first day of class. They may not register any earlier than that time. There are no other negotiable alternatives. Because of space limitations, several departments require permission be given in advance to registering for classes as a “Non-Degree Student.” For example, if a student wishes to take Object-Oriented Programming I (CMSC131), the student would need to get permission from the Computer Science Department prior to signing up for the course. Please see the Schedule of Classes to view course details including prerequisites, course restrictions, permissions required, available seats, etc. Information can be found here: www.testudo.umd.edu.

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4. Do I need to speak with a LTSC advisor before I register?
Yes. LTSC requires that Non-Degree Seeking students communicate with an advisor before they register for classes for the first time. Student may come in during "walk-in hours" which can be found by viewing the online office calendar. During the academic advising meeting, the “advising block” on the student’s account will be removed. The meeting does not take long, but we do want to make sure the student enrolls in appropriate courses and does not wish to seek a degree. Also, there may be other opportunities for a student to hear about more appropriate programs or alternatives in reaching the goals they hope to achieve.

During future registration periods, students are no longer required to see a LTSC advisor, but they may do so if they wish. After a “Non-Degree Seeking” student’s first semester at Maryland, registration appointments (the time at which a student may register) will be based on the number of credits a student has earned at UMCP.

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5. Can UMCP guarantee me the courses I need?
Unfortunately, LTSC cannot guarantee that all courses a student wishes to enroll in will be available on the first day of classes. Admitted “Non-Degree Seeking” students register on a space-available basis beginning on the first day of class. Some popular courses may be filled prior to the first day of classes. There is simply no way to guarantee courses for “Non-Degree Seeking” students.

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6. Can my transfer credits be posted at UMD?
No. The University of Maryland does not post transfer credits for “Non-Degree Seeking” students. It is strongly suggested that students keep a copy of any transcripts from previous institutions readily available.

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7. Why am I affiliated with LTSC as a “Non-Degree Seeking” student?
Letters and Sciences advises undergraduate students on campus who are “undecided” or “undeclared” in their majors as well as “Non-Degree Seeking" students. “Non-Degree Seeking” students at the University are assigned to Letters and Sciences typically if they are taking courses and do not wish to be affiliated, or cannot be affiliated, with a particular College or major.

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8. Can I take any course I wish to take?
Students may only take courses at the University for which they qualify. To see if a student meets those qualifications, he or she should look up the course description via the online “Schedule of Classes” (www.testudo.umd.edu).

If a course at Maryland has “prerequisites,” (courses that must be taken and completed satisfactorily in advance of attending a particular class), a student must have those completed before he or she can take the course.

  • For instance, a student interested in medical school may be interested in BSCI222 (Principles of Genetics). However, that course requires as prerequisites; BSCI105, BSCI106, CHEM131 and CHEM132 or BSCI105 and two semesters of chemistry. If any of those requirements have not been met—and the prerequisites must be equivalent to UMCP classes—then the course cannot be taken. Honors and High School courses are not equivalent to UMCP courses.

 

Some course descriptions may state that in order to take the course, a student needs “permission of the department.” Other courses may require the student to be in a certain major to take the course. In these cases, students should contact the appropriate department in order to take the course.

Non-Degree Seeking students are not allowed to take Graduate courses. Due to tuition and major affiliation issues, we give no exceptions to policy in this regard. Students who wish to take courses at the graduate level (600 and above) must contact the Graduate School for information concerning admission requirements for Advanced Special Student status. Advanced Special Student (Ad.S.S.) status, also known as non-degree seeking graduate student status, is administered by the Graduate School. For more information on this status, please see: http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/prospective_students/non-degree_seeking_advanced_special_student.html.

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9. What types of classes do most LTSC "Non-Degree Seeking" students seek to take?
In our experience, “Non-Degree Seeking” students in Letters and Sciences want mostly to take courses which will help them move toward or gain admittance to a medical or pharmaceutical graduate program. Although these are definitely not the only courses students pursue, LTSC often suggests that these students take a look at the “Science in the Evening” program. For more information see; http://oes.umd.edu/index.php?slab=sie.

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10. Why has the Science in the Evening (SIE) program been suggested to me?
Many post-baccalaureate programs are geared only toward preparing pre-medical students and require students to take courses in a particular order. SIE offers courses for a broader audience and is not restricted to a particular course sequence. Students may take whatever courses they have the prerequisites for, in any order they wish.

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11. What other benefits exist with the Science in the Evening program?
SIE courses that are restricted to post-baccalaureate students give several benefits. First, long after daytime offerings are filled, there are almost always seats available in the SIE sections. This gives students the flexibility in when they register and for what they register. In addition, the SIE sections are much smaller than daytime sections. In a daytime course, students can find 200-300 students in lecture, while in SIE, students will find no more than 50-60 students in lecture, often far fewer. Finally, SIE provides pre-professional school advising and information about how best to prepare for application to medical, dental, or allied health professions.

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12. Is a Bachelor's Degree required to participate in the Science in the Evening program?
Yes. Application and admission to the SIE program requires that students earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. For more information see; http://oes.umd.edu/index.php?slab=sie.

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