Graduate School

The University of Mississippi

Admission Categories

Once you have been accepted for admittance to the Graduate School, you will be assigned an admission category. You will find your assignment on your admission letter. Below is an explanation of those categories.

Full Standing – Upon recommendation by the faculty of the academic area concerned, a student who holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, has a 3.0 or equivalent average on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work, and has an acceptable score on the standardized test appropriate to his or her discipline, may be considered for admission in full standing to a degree program. Enrollment in 700-level courses and thesis is restricted to students who have been admitted to degree programs in full standing.

Conditional* – Applicants who have not met requirements for full standing admission, but whose credentials include a baccalaureate degree and appropriate standardized test scores and who indicate a reasonable chance for success, may be admitted in this category. Upon advancement to full standing admission and recommendation of the departmental chair concerned, credit earned while enrolled in this status may be applied to a degree program. Students admitted in this category are restricted to enrollment in courses at the 600 level and below, exclusive of thesis, and must satisfy all conditions of admission by the end of their first term of enrollment, or their status will be changed to non-degree. Except in unusual circumstances, students may not remain in conditional status more than one semester. Conditional students may not preregister for a second enrollment.*Note: Students in this category may not be eligible for some types of financial aid.

Qualifying – Applicants who lack necessary prerequisite coursework or experience for a degree program, but who plan to take courses that will strengthen their qualifications to enter graduate degree programs, will be admitted as qualifying students. Courses completed in this category may not be applied to a graduate degree program at the University of Mississippi. Students admitted in this category are not eligible to receive graduate assistantships. While in qualifying status, a student may take a minimum of 9 hours and a maximum of 18 hours. When recommending admission into this category, departments are required to specify up to 18 hours of undergraduate course work, and/or specify a noncourse requirement, to be completed satisfactorily before the student is considered for admission into a graduate degree program.

Non-Degree II** – An applicant with no intention of pursuing a graduate degree and who has a baccalaureate degree with a grade-point average of at least 2.7 on all work attempted or over the last 60 hours of course work, or possesses a master’s degree or higher, may be admitted in this category. Non-Degree II students may take courses at the 600 level and below with the permission of the department. Only 9 hours of graduate work taken in the Non-Degree II category may apply to a degree, should the student later wish to be considered for admission to degree status.

**Note: Admission as a Non-Degree does not guarantee admission to any degree program; students in the Non-Degree II category are NOT eligible for financial aid.

**Non-Degree students must ask for department permission to take a class before enrolling.