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What is the benefit of taking courses as a non-degree seeking student?

Individuals who are not ready to pursue the graduate certificate have the option to apply as a non-degree seeking student, which allows them to sample courses from the certificate program without being formally admitted to it. This is an excellent way to strengthen skills in specified topics and ease into the online graduate learning experience. Students will be able to transfer these non-degree credits to the graduate certificate later, if they earn a grade of at least a “B” and apply for and gain admission to the program.

What you should know when applying to take courses as a non-degree seeking student:

  • You may apply to take up to 6 credit hours (two courses) from the Addiction and Recovery Graduate Certificate program as a non-degree seeking student.
  • Courses are conducted entirely online and can be completed at your own pace.
  • There are two baseline courses available to non-degree seeking students: GMS6780 Addiction: Neuroscience and Trends and GMS6781 Foundations in Addiction and Substance Use Disorders. You may take one course at a time, or both at the same time.
  • Being a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee admission to the graduate certificate program if eligibility criteria are not met.

Please be aware that non-degree coursework will not show UF credit earned on the UF transcript. Therefore, when you complete the course and it is listed on your official transcript, Grade Points, Earned Hours, and Hours Carried will read zero. Those fields are only completed for UF degree seeking students.

Curriculum Information

The two courses available to non-degree seeking students are:

Students may take one course at a time, or both at the same time. These foundational courses are prerequisites to the other courses in the graduate certificate. To continue beyond 6 credits (two courses), non-degree seeking students must apply for admission to the graduate certificate.

Non-Degree Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements to apply to the graduate certificate program are:

  • Bachelor’s degree from one of the institutional accreditors (or international equivalent) found in the “Accreditation” section at
  • An upper-division GPA of at least 2.0 (Grade C) from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent

If you would like more information about admission requirements, please visit the admissions page.

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