A well-qualified student who wishes to take courses is required to file a nondegree student application along with an official undergraduate transcript showing degree and date awarded. Applications can be obtained from the Office of Graduate and Special Programs. The application deadline is August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. The permission of each course instructor is necessary at the time of registration, during the first week of classes each semester. Full payment is due before a student may register. Nondegree students are admitted and registered for only one semester and are not eligible for financial aid. Those wishing to take courses in subsequent semesters must reactivate their application each semester by the above deadlines.
Those who later wish to change their status to that of a part-time or full-time student working toward a degree must apply for admission as a degree candidate. Credit for Smith course work taken as a nondegree student may count toward the degree with the approval of the department concerned.
Under special circumstances we may award the Certificate of Graduate Studies to international students who have received undergraduate training in an institution of recognized standing and who have satisfactorily completed a year's program of study under the direction of a committee on graduate study. This program must include at least 28 credits completed with a grade of C or better. At least five of these courses should be above the intermediate level.