UW Graduate School

Graduate Non-Matriculated Students

Graduate non-matriculated (GNM) status allows post baccalaureate students who are not presently seeking a graduate degree at the University of Washington to take UW graduate courses and apply the credits toward degree requirements should they later be accepted into a graduate program at the UW. (Acceptance as a GNM student does not confer priority for later admission to a graduate program at the UW.) GNM students may take any number of credits, however a maximum of 12 graduate-level credits may be applied toward degree requirements. Students may hold GNM status in only one graduate program at a time and may not hold any other student status while enrolled as a GNM student. (To find out if a graduate program accepts GNM applications, search our graduate program listing.)

  • Persons who want to register for graduate courses at the UW, but do not plan to apply the credits they earn toward a graduate-level degree, should consider non-matriculated (NM) status: see Non-Degree Enrollment for UW Credit Classes.

Citizenship and Visa Status

Students expecting to be issued F-1 student visa documents are not eligible for GNM status. Current holders of B-1 visitor visas are not eligible for GNM status.

Admission Requirements

Prospective GNM students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.
  • Graduate programs may have additional admission requirements.

English Proficiency

  • Non-native English speakers are not required to demonstrate English proficiency to receive GNM status.
  • However, should a GNM applicant be later accepted into a graduate program, they will be required to demonstrate English proficiency per Memo 8.

Application Deadlines

Deadlines are determined by the faculty of each graduate program. Applicants should contact the graduate program advisor (GPA), whose contact information can be found in the graduate program listing.

Application Procedures

GNM applicants follow the same application procedures as other applicants and apply online to the Graduate School. GNM students are not required to send official transcripts to the Graduate School. To find out if the graduate program requires official transcripts, GNM students should contact the graduate program advisor (GPA), whose contact information can be found in the graduate program listing.

Registration Procedures

Additional Information

  • GNM students can establish a UW NetID and a UW email account.
  • GNM students have access to the UW Libraries.
  • GNM students who wish to receive financial aid should contact the UW Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) to find out if they are eligible for financial aid.
  • GNM students do not have access to the Intramural Activities (IMA) Building on the Seattle campus because this facility is supported by student service and activity fees associated with matriculated status.
  • GNM students are not eligible for student health insurance because it is restricted to students enrolled in degree programs.


Please send questions to uwgrad@uw.edu.