Graduate Non-Matriculated

Graduate non-matriculated options

Graduate non-matriculated (GNM) enrollment is beneficial if you are interested in professional development through specific classes or are beginning to work toward pursuing a graduate degree and are ready to begin in winter, spring or summer quarters. It is also a way to experience the curriculum before formally applying to the program, allowing qualified students to earn graduate credits in an area of interest. GNM status is not an option for international students on F-1 visas.


Acceptance as a GNM student confers no guarantee or priority for later admission to the Graduate School for pursuit of a degree program. To maintain GNM status, students must enroll for the quarter in which they applied. Students will need permission from the program faculty to enroll in the core or elective coursework as a GNM student.

In order to continue in a GNM status, you must maintain the standard minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Failure to do so for two consecutive quarters will result in an automatic transfer to a non-matriculated status. To regain GNM status you will have to apply again.

Upon petition, a maximum of 12 credits of coursework taken in GNM status may be applied to the Master of Nursing degree requirements, provided you meet the graduation requirements for the year you matriculate.

For a detailed description and policy overview, review the Graduate School Memo 37: Enrollment of Graduate Non-matriculated Students in Graduate Courses.

Getting started

Contact the program adviser, Celinda Smith at prior to applying. It is recommended to start the conversation at least one month before you wish to start a class in order to meet all admission and registration requirements and review course availability.

You are encouraged to connect with the Office of Financial aid to explore if you may be eligible for Financial Aid if you are using this as preparatory coursework for a UW Bothell, Seattle or Tacoma graduate degree.

Application deadlines for GNM enrollment

GNM QuarterGNM Application Deadline
Fall September 9
Winter December 14
SpringMarch 7
Summer May 31

Application requirements

  • Graduation from an approved baccalaureate program.
  • A 3.0 grade point average in the last 90 credits.
  • Resume.
  • Brief letter of intent that explains what courses are of interest to you and how they will support your career goals (no more than one page in length, using 12 point font).
  • Agree and adhere to the Essential Behaviors for graduate non-matriculated admission and enrollment.
  • Active and unencumbered Washington State RN license.

How to apply

  • Complete the UW Graduate School application selecting “Graduate Non-Matriculated” as the program type.
  • Upload the required material in the online application.

How to register for coursework once admitted

You will register for courses day one of the quarter using the online registration system (MyUW). Learn more on the UW Graduate School GNM page.

Be sure to follow the steps required for the University’s MMR requirements prior to the start of the quarter.

Updated December 2019