Graduate Non-Degree Application Procedures

Congratulations on your decision to apply to the University of Michigan-Dearborn!

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is committed to building a diverse learning community. We serve highly motivated candidates whose accomplishments suggest the ability to succeed in graduate study. 

The instructions below are intended for applicants for Graduate Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD)/Guest status

All graduate applicants are required to meet the following minimum requirements for admission: 

  • Completion of a four-year U.S. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent* 
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency

*Some degrees, including certain three-year bachelor's from India, Australia, or certain other countries, are not considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's as standalone degrees. However, additional credentials earned, such as post-graduate diplomas or graduate degrees, may make you eligible to apply. For questions about your degree's equivalency, you are encouraged to obtain an Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) course-by-course evaluation, which is aligned with our equivalency guidelines.

A holistic review of each applicant is conducted. Admission is granted to applicants who have been recommended for admission by the academic unit. Preference is generally given to students who have at least a B average (3.0 in a 4.0 grading system) in relevant coursework or otherwise provide evidence of promise that is satisfactory to the admitting program. 

Applicants should submit all required materials by the posted deadline in order to be considered for admission. 

Graduate Non-Degree Deadlines

Application Procedures

All materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies for processing; any materials submitted to other offices on campus will experience delayed processing. 

The Online Application generally opens for Graduate NCFD/Guest applicants two weeks before registration begins for new graduate students until 5 business days before the start of classes.

Final Day to Submit FALL 2024 Graduate NCFD/Guest Application: AUGUST 21

Current UM-Dearborn Graduate Students

Students already enrolled in a graduate degree program at UM-Dearborn may declare a Graduate Certificate to supplement their primary field of study or area of expertise. Rather than completing the Online Application, submit a completed Declaration of Certificate Form and return it to the academic unit which supports the certificate. 

Office of Graduate Studies

1055 - Administration Building
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-583-6321
Fax: 313-436-9156