Non-Degree Students

Individuals not formally accepted into the MS in Information and Library Science or the Advanced Studies Certificate Program, but taking coursework at LIS, may be admitted as Non-Degree Students.

  • This status is used by individuals with a bachelor's degree as well as professional librarians holding an MS degree.
  • Normally, one or two courses per semester are the maximum taken under this status.
  • If a Non-Degree Student is later admitted into the MS degree program, a maximum of 12 credit hours of non-matriculating courses may be transferred.
  • While first priority for class enrollment is given to matriculating students, second priority is given to MS holders updating their professional competencies.
  • Non-matriculated students who wish to re-register as a non-matriculated student following their first semester, will need to inform the GSE Admissions Office of this intent. If the student is eligible to continue as a non-matriculated student, GSE Admissions will obtain Departmental permission for that and will communicate that to the student. The Department will then allow the student to register for the semester. This process will be repeated until such time the student reaches the cap of 12 credit hours or decides against registering as a non-matric.

For more information about applying for non-matriculating courses, contact the Department of Library & Information Studies:

Department of Library & Information Studies
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
534 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Telephone: (716) 645-2412
Fax: (716) 645-3775
Email: lis-information@buffalo.edu