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Non-Degree-Seeking Opportunities

The Department of Occupational Therapy Education recognizes that some courses or workshops may be of interest to individuals, but enrolling in graduate school may not suit him or her. The “non-degree-seeking student” option allows individuals to enroll in specific courses for additional learning or to explore graduate-level education before committing to a degree program.

Some application requirements may be waived for non-degree-seeking students, and admission under this status does not affect acceptance into a degree-granting program later.

Timeline: All materials from non-degree-seeking applicants must be received by July 1 for the Fall semester, December 1 for the Spring semester, and May 1 for the Summer session.

The application-to-enrollment process takes at least three weeks.

Before you start the online application

It will be helpful if you have the following information ready before starting the online application.

  • Please contact the department by e-mail to communicate with the graduate program director. We will verify the non-degree-seeking option suits your needs. KU students need to consult with his or her advisor to confirm courses of interest will be credited toward the student’s degree.
  • Review the program's Technical Standards and Requirements
  • English Language Proficiency: All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. The test must have been taken within two (2) years of the first semester of enrollment. Results must be provided directly to KUMC by the testing service using ETS school code 6895. Photocopies of scores will not be accepted.
  • Transcripts: Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript from every college and university that you have attended sent directly to KU Medical Center at the following address:
    Student Services / Office of Admissions
    Mail Stop 4029
    3901 Rainbow Blvd
    Kansas City, KS 66160

    Note: References are not required for non-degree-seeking applicants.

Online Application and Fee

Applicants must submit their initial application and pay the non-refundable application fee online by the posted deadline.

Using the link above, please submit your completed application and pay the $60 application fee. The application fee is paid when you click SUMBIT from the online application. Applicants can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or by Electronic Check. U.S. banks only. Application fees are non-refundable. Electronic checks will be held for approximately six business days while the check clears.

Applications are not reviewed until all of the requested information is received.


The Office of Graduate Studies will send a letter to the student and the department when the student’s application is accepted. Accepted students will receive a KU username and password by email, allowing enrollment via the “Enroll and Pay” webpage. Students are expected to begin monitoring their KU email account, as this is the primary means by which the administration and faculty will communicate with students.

Important notes on enrollment for non-degree-seeking students:

  • All enrollment is conducted online. See the KU Medical Center Office of the Registrar for more information.
  • Students often are required to obtain a permission number from the instructor or program before they can enroll in graduate classes.
  • Students will pay either out of state or in state tuition rates, after residency status is determined by the Office of the Registrar.
  • In addition to tuition, campus fees and online class fees are required.
  • Students are notified via email when a bill is posted.
  • Late fees are assessed automatically if enrollment occurs after the first day of classes for the term.
  • Fee assessment questions should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Fee payment questions should be directed to Student Financial Accounting.

See also:

Information about non-degree-seeking programs from KU Graduate Studies

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018