Department of Psychology at Illinois State University

 

Visiting Graduate Students

In some circumstances, non-competitive credentials may be bolstered by completing graduate-level classes as a visiting graduate student (formerly know as graduate student at-large). The classification of visiting graduate student offers students an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to perform at the graduate-level. Taking classes as a visiting graduate student also may provide needed experiences by assisting psychology faculty with research. However, there is no guarantee of admission to the graduate programs in Psychology based on completing psychology graduate courses. Admission requires students to complete the competitive department and University application process.

Courses taken as a visiting graduate student at Illinois State may be included in the Degree Audit. However, it should be understood that, in accordance with Graduate School policy, the Department of Psychology is under no obligation to accept as part of a Degree Audit any courses taken before students are formally admitted to a graduate program in Psychology. Classes taken as a visiting graduate student will count toward a degree program only if recommended by the coordinator of a graduate program and approved by the Graduate School. The length of the program is not reduced by courses taken before admission to a graduate program in Psychology.

Visiting graduate students should read this policy carefully and discuss the pros and cons with the coordinator of the graduate program students plan to apply for. Be aware that not all psychology courses are open to visiting graduate students. Nearly all of the psychology graduate courses require graduate standing in Psychology or department approval to enroll in our courses. Enrollment in undergraduate psychology courses gives priority to students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs at Illinois State. Visiting graduate students are not degree students and are ineligible for most forms of financial aid.

Why are you taking a psychology course?

I need the courses for professional development or certification.
Not all psychology courses are open to visiting graduate students. Most of the psychology graduate courses require graduate standing in Psychology or department approval to enroll in a course. To enroll in these courses, visiting graduate students should complete the Psychology Override Request. Access the PSY Course Override website for the override request form.

I hope to apply to a graduate program in Psychology in the future.
In some circumstances, non-competitive credentials may be bolstered by completing graduate-level classes as a visiting graduate student. Completing a graduate course offers an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to perform at the graduate-level. Taking classes as a visiting graduate student may provide needed research experiences. However, there is no guarantee of admission to a graduate programs in Psychology by completing a psychology graduate course.

Classes taken as a visiting graduate student will count toward a graduate degree program only if recommended by the coordinator of the graduate program and approved by the Graduate School. The length of the graduate program is not reduced by courses taken before admission to a graduate program in Psychology.

What course(s) do you wish to take?

100-, 200-, or 300-level PSY courses
Enrollment in our undergraduate psychology courses gives priority to students currently enrolled in degree programs at Illinois State. In order to enroll in these courses, visiting graduate students may need to provide documentation (e.g., official transcript, course syllabus) demonstrating that the appropriate prerequisite course has been completed. If the prerequisite course was completed at another institution, or if the course is closed, then visiting graduate student should complete the Psychology Override Request. Visiting graduate students should contact Ms. Steward by email concerning enrollment in an undergraduate psychology course.

400- or 500-level PSY courses
Not all psychology courses are open to visiting graduate student. Most of our graduate courses require graduate standing in Psychology or department approval. In order to enroll in these courses, visiting graduate student may need to provide documentation (e.g., official transcripts, course syllabus) demonstrating that the appropriate prerequisite coursework has been completed. If the prerequisite coursework was taken somewhere other than at Illinois State, or if the course is closed, the visiting graduate student should complete the Psychology Override Request. Access the PSY Course Override website for the override request form.