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Non-degree & second bachelor’s

Not looking to get a degree? Looking to get a second one?
This page is for you!


You’re considered a non-degree student for admission purposes if you don’t intend to complete a degree at WSU Tri-Cities and are taking coursework for personal enrichment, to transfer to another college, or for a teaching endorsement. If you’re not seeking a degree, there are a few limitations on financial aid and graduate study:

  • Non-degree students aren’t eligible for financial aid.
  • If you decide to pursue a degree at WSU Tri-Cities, you have to apply for regular admission status.
  • Course work completed as a non-degree student can’t be applied toward a graduate degree, and you can’t enroll in 500-level business classes or in courses at the 600, 700, or 800 level.

How to apply

You’re not required to have an advisor approve your registration, but if you need to take courses that have pre-requisites, you will need permission from the department before you can register.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

You’re considered a post-bachelor’s degree student for admission purposes if you have already earned a bachelor’s degree from a school other than Washington State University.

How to apply

  • Complete a post-bachelor’s admission application.
  • Request official transcripts from all colleges you have attended. (If your course work at your current college isn’t complete, you’ll also need to have a final transcript sent to WSU Tri-Cities.) Colleges should send transcripts directly to WSU:

    Washington State University Tri-Cities
    Office of Admissions
    2710 Crimson Way
    Richland, WA 99354-1671

Some degree programs (business, engineering, and computer science for instance) require prerequisites beyond the standard general education requirements. Contact the academic department to find out if you’ll need to meet additional requirements before taking courses in your major.

Note: This is a guide to the admission process, not a statement of policy. See the WSU General Catalog for official requirements and regulations.