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The Indigenous Studies Program accepts applications for graduate non-degree-seeking status. Typically, non-degree-seeking applicants do not intend to work toward an advanced degree. Applicants interested in applying for graduate non-degree-seeking status must identify the courses in which they wish to enroll prior to completing the online application. Permission to enroll in a graduate-level Indigenous Studies course must be granted by the instructor of the course. 

Non-degree-seeking applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The suggested application deadlines are July 15 for fall admission and December 15 for spring admission.

To be considered for graduate non-degree-seeking admission, an applicant must submit the following materials:

  1. A completed application, along with a non-refundable application fee, submitted online through the Office of Graduate Studies.
  2. A personal statement, 1 to 2 pages total, double-spaced. The statement should cover: (a) the courses you hope to enroll in and your reasoning behind selecting those particular courses, (b) your relevant experience and background, (c) your preparedness for completing graduate-level coursework, and (d) anything else you think is important for us to know. If you believe your academic record does not reflect your potential to perform well as a non-degree-seeking graduate student, please provide an explanation.
  3. Copies of transcript(s) from undergraduate and graduate institution(s) you have attended. Applicants may attach a scanned version of their official transcripts to the online application. 
  4. The Office of Graduate Studies requires all applicants, international or domestic, whose native language is not English to demonstrate English proficiency. Please review Graduate Studies' English Proficiency Requirements webpage for additional information.

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