Visiting and non-degree-seeking students who wish to pursue graduate studies for personal enrichment, professional knowledge, renewal of licensure, or any other reason are categorized as VISIONS students and must hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized accredited college or university. A $25.00 non-refundable fee is charged each semester a VISIONS enrollment form is submitted.

VISIONS students are not eligible for financial aid.

Individuals who are permitted to enroll at the University as VISIONS students may take courses numbered 100-749 that have not been restricted by the departments (see The Graduate School’s webpages). Students wishing to enroll in graduate courses in the Department of Art or the Bryan School of Business and Economics must obtain permission from the appropriate graduate program director. Visiting students who wish to enroll in MBA classes must provide a letter of good standing, signed by the dean of their graduate program, prior to registration. With the instructor’s approval, VISIONS students may submit a written petition to the Director of Graduate Study or the Department Head to enroll in a restricted course; however, independent study is reserved for only degree seeking students. Graduate credits earned as a VISIONS student may be applicable to a graduate degree or certificate. Should a VISIONS student wish to apply for admission to The Graduate School, subject to the written recommendation of the major department and the approval of the Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School, up to nine (9) semester hours of such credit may be accepted toward a degree and up to three (3) semester hours of such credit may be accepted toward a certificate. Credit earned must fall within the timeline for completing the degree or certificate.

Public school teachers and administrators who wish to take courses solely for licensure renewal credit may do so as VISIONS students. If credit is to be applied to a graduate degree, the student must submit an application to The Graduate School before the completion of the course. If the student meets all requirements for full admission as a graduate degree student, she/he will receive the licensure renewal credit.
The Bryan Prelude program is a non-degree status designed for individuals who wish to explore a potential degree program in Business Administration (MBA), Information Systems and Supply Chain Management (MS in Information Technology and Management), or MS in Accounting. Admitted applicants to the Bryan Prelude may enroll in select courses as outlined in the course requirements listed below. The abbreviated application is found online under the Bryan Prelude program listing. Participants in the Bryan Prelude program must apply each semester in which they intend to enroll by using the online application. A $25.00 non-refundable fee is charged each semester an application is submitted.

Bryan Prelude students who subsequently are admitted and enrolled in the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Science in Information Technology and Management, or the Master of Science in Accounting program may include no more than 6 hours of graduate level coursework earned while enrolled in the Bryan Prelude program. Bryan Prelude courses taken in preparation for the Bryan MS in Accounting are intended for individuals whose undergraduate degree is not in accounting and who wish to take undergraduate-level, prerequisite coursework for the Bryan MS in Accounting.

Requirements for Admission

Admission to the Bryan Prelude program is selective. To be considered all applicants must meet the following minimum standards: (1) an official undergraduate transcript, verifying an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale); (2) a clearly articulated statement of purpose indicating degree program interest; (3) a current resume.

A combination of work experience and education could on rare occasions possibly substitute for GPA requirements.

Recommended Courses

Students admitted to the Bryan Prelude program may enroll in the following courses. Course selection and sequence is determined by applicant designation of interest in the MBA, MS in Information Technology and Management, or MS in Accounting program.

For Business Administration

  • MBA 701 Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
  • MBA 702 Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • MBA 703 Economic Policies and Impact on Global Outcomes
  • MBA 716 Leadership and Sustainable Business

For Information Technology and Management
The following courses are recommended for students applying to MSITM without a business background. These are prerequisite courses and cannot be applied toward the master’s degree:

  • ACC 202 Managerial Accounting
  • SCM 302 Operations Management

For Accounting
The following prerequisite courses are recommended for students applying to Accounting without a baccalaureate in Accounting. These courses cannot be applied toward the master’s degree:

  • ACC 202 Managerial Accounting
  • ACC 218 Financial Statement Preparation and Disclosures
  • ACC 318 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 319 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 325 Accounting Transaction Processing Systems
  • ACC 330 Cost Accounting
  • ACC 420 Federal Tax Concepts
  • ACC 440 Auditing Concepts

For additional information on these courses along with potential undergraduate course prerequisite options, see the Bryan Prelude website.