Dual Degree Requirements

Students may pursue dual degree programs other than those specifically defined in the catalog with prior approval of the appropriate Committees on Graduate Studies and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students wishing to pursue dual degree programs other than those specifically defined in the catalog should contact the Graduate School for details.

Students in any dual degree program must be admitted to each participating program. Unless otherwise stated under the dual degrees programs specified elsewhere in this catalog, the number of hours that may be used jointly will be determined by the total number of hours required by both degree programs if completed separately. For purposes of dual degree programs, the total number of semester hours required for both degrees if completed separately is defined as the number of semester hours required for a student to complete all advanced degree requirements (excluding deficiency, leveling and prerequisite courses) for both degrees.

  1. Six semester hours may be used jointly when the total number of hours required for both degrees is 60;
  2. Six to 12 semester hours may be used jointly when the total number of hours required for both degrees is between 60 and 72 hours;
  3. Six to 18 semester hours may be used jointly when the total number of hours required for both degrees exceeds 72 hours.

Admission to and enrollment in the programs for a dual degree must be concurrent. Students must be admitted to the second program before completing more than 24 semester hours in the first program, exclusive of leveling, deficiency or foundation courses, and must complete the second degree within three academic years following completion of the first.

All grades earned in dual degree status are used for purposes of determining academic good standing, academic probation and graduate requirements.

Students must be in good standing in both programs to continue in a dual degree program. Students who are dismissed from either program are no longer considered to be in a dual degree program. These students may enroll in and use courses for credit toward the degree program in which they are in good standing only. Students may not take courses in the program from which they have been dismissed and may not use such courses for dual degree credit.

Dual degree programs are available at the master's level only. Not all graduate programs participate in dual degrees.