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Non-Degree and Post-Degree Status

Apply to UNM as a non-degree/post-degree student with the School of Public Administration! Students who take Public Administration courses in non-degree and post-degree status fall into three categories:


First Category

Applicants who are denied admission may be advised by the admissions committee to take two core courses (PADM 500, 521, or 525) in non-degree status before reapplying for admission. As non-degree students, they must achieve at least a 3.5 GPA in Public Administration core courses to be reconsidered for admission to the program. Upon completion of coursework, non-degree students must reapply for admission.


Second Category

Individuals who seek to enroll in a course after the admission deadline, but prior to the start of classes. These persons may only register for two core courses (PADM 500, 521, or 525) in non-degree status, and must obtain approval from the Director of the School of Public Administration. A maximum of six non-degree credit hours may be transferred to the M.P.A. degree.


Third Category

Students who have already completed a Master’s degree may enroll in post-degree status with approval from the Director of the School of Public Administration. Students in this category pursue a particular concentration and enroll in a specialized course of study to enhance their professional degree.

Non-Degree Admissions Policy

Non-Degree Petition Form


For further information about non-degree status with the School of Public Administration: please contact Gene Henley, SPA Director of Operations and Advisement, at (505) 277-1092 or email spadvise@unm.edu.