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Non-degree Seeking Students

Since our counseling programs and courses prepared students for licensure, students enrolled in our courses have been formally admitted to WKU Graduate School and the counseling program. Students who have not yet been accepted into the counseling program may be allowed to take selective courses in the counseling program pending the following: (a) formally admittance to WKU Graduate School and (b) a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA in earned bachelor’s degree.

Many counseling courses are capped for accreditation reasons and are guaranteed to admitted students only. Only 12 credit hours (4 courses) can be transferred into the counseling program. Academic success as a non-degree seeking student in courses does not assure acceptance into the counseling program. (Admittance to the counseling programs depends on an array of criteria all related to potential fit for the Profession of Counseling.)  

If the above criteria have been met, non-degree seeking students can pursue the following process to seek registration in selected courses. Permission to register in these courses is based on the previously mentioned criteria and at the discretion of the professor.   

Eligible courses may include the following:



  • CNS 557 Human and Family Development 
  • CNS 558 Theories of Counseling


  • CNS 500 College and Career Readiness Foundations  
    • See CCR Graduate Certificate Program  
  • CNS 556 Dev Career Counseling

An email should be sent the instructor on record for permission to register. See TopNet for instructor listing. The email should be as follows:

Subject Line: Non-degree Seeking Course Registration  

Email: I am interested in enrolling in your (Name of) Class during the (Name of) Semester. I can confirm that I have been admitted to WKU Graduate School and have an earned bachelor’s degree in with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. My 800# is (800#). 

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Gary A. Ransdell Hall 3036
1906 College Heights Blvd. #51031,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030
(270) 745-4953

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 Last Modified 11/11/21