Non-Degree Candidate

If you have completed a bachelor’s degree and would like to enroll in graduate courses but are not sure about pursuing a graduate degree, enroll as a Graduate Special Student (Non-Degree Candidate). Many graduate-level courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening, enabling the completion of coursework on a part-time basis.

Follow the easy steps below to enroll as a non-degree student and register for classes:

Apply for admission as a non-degree student

  • Application will be processed in 3-5 business days. You will receive acknowledgement, a student ID number and e-Panther ID for e-mail.

Pay tuition

Review available courses

Register for courses

  • Use Quicklinks PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) to register for classes
  • As a special student, courses can be taken upon approval of the individual instructor

Help is always available by calling 229-4040 – The Student Help Desk.

Will credits taken as Special (NDC) Student transfer into a Graduate Program?
If you decide to apply to the master’s program, the maximum number of transfer credits allowable is the higher of (a) 12 semester credits or (b) 40% of the total number of credits required for graduation. To qualify, the work must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduate level, from an accredited institution
  • Taken within five years of admission to the UWM degree program
  • Credits were not used to meet previous degree requirements
  • Grade of B or better (B- is not acceptable)
  • Approved by your graduate program unit

For more information, including requirements for the Ph.D. program:

Contact Information

Engineering Graduate Program Office

Phone: 229-6169

E-mail: Betty WarrasSarah Schroeder