Second Degree/Major Policies at Peer Universities
Indiana University – http://web.indstate.edu
Second Degree Request Form - http://www.ius.edu/Admissions/pdf/Second%20Degree%20Form.pdf
2004-2006 Campus Bulletin - http://bulletin.iupui.edu/ (second undergraduate degree)
Double Majors: While most students complete only one major within their program of study, some
schools permit students to complete two majors within a school. To do so, the student must complete the
requirements for each of the two majors as well as all other school requirements for a degree. Students
seeking a double major must receive the approval of the school advisor or school dean.
Second Degrees: Normally, holders of bachelor's degrees seeking further education are encouraged to
enter graduate programs; in certain cases, however, students may work toward a second bachelor's
degree. If admitted by a school to candidacy for a second degree, students may count credits earned in
their first bachelor's degree. However, they must meet the school's requirements, including residence
requirements, distribution course work, work in the major, and other requirements not fulfilled by earlier
work. Some schools may specify the number of credit hours that must be taken above and beyond the
credit hours from the first degree.
Michigan State University – http://www.msu.edu
Second Bachelor’s Degree - http://www.reg.msu.edu/read/UCC/Updated/undgredsecbach.pdf
To be granted a second bachelor’s degree, a student must earn at least 30 credits in residence in addition
to the credits required for the first degree and meet the specified requirements of the second college and
University of Florida – www.ufl.edu
Postbaccaluareate Study: http://www.reg.ufl.edu/02-03-catalog/student/postbacc.html
Dual Degrees and Multiple Majors (2004-2005 Catalog):
Colleges may permit students to pursue dual degrees or multiple majors. A student completing major
and college requirements in two different colleges will receive two degrees. The transcript will list each
degree and the appropriate majors. A student completing major and college requirements in one college
and only major requirements in another college, will receive one degree with two majors. A student
completing multiple majors that have the same degree, i.e., Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, will
receive a single degree. The transcript will list the degree and each major.
University of New Mexico – www.unm.edu
Second Undergraduate Degree - http://www.unm.edu/~unmreg/Catalogs/2003-2005.pdf
The student seeking a second baccalaureate degree must successfully complete a minimum of 30
additional credit hours beyond the requirements for the first degree and must meet all degree
requirements of the second degree, including residency requirements.
Completion of a second major under a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program is recorded on
the student’s permanent record but as a second major. A second degree is not awarded.
A student who has completed a baccalaureate degree and who is seeking a second undergraduate degree
will be evaluated by the new degree college in accordance with the hours and requirements completed
toward the new degree. Residence credit requirements for the second degree will be determined on the
same basis as those for the first degree.
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University of Michigan – www.umich.edu
Second Bachelor’s Degree: LS & A Bulletin – (Vol. 29, No. 6 April 5, 2000)
Individuals with a bachelor's degree who want to earn a second degree must obtain permission from the
Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Normally at least two calendar years will have transpired between
the awarding of the first baccalaureate degree and the beginning of the second baccalaureate degree
program. Applicants must pursue an academic program significantly different from that of the first
baccalaureate degree. Except in the case of joint degrees (see Chapter V), the College does not award
concurrent bachelor's degrees. Students interested in two concentrations should read the section
For graduates of schools and colleges on the Ann Arbor campus the two baccalaureate degrees should be
different (for example, not two Bachelor of Arts or two Bachelor of Science degrees). The second
degree program cannot be a BGS degree. Applicants who already have an LS&A degree must earn at
least 30 credits in residence in LS&A beyond the credits required for the first degree, and at least 15 of
those must be in the new field of concentration. Graduates of a different Ann Arbor unit must earn at
least 30 credits while registered in LS&A, all of those over and above the credit hours required for the
first degree, and the second program must include a minimum of 108 LS&A credits. Applicants whose
first degree comes from any other institution (including UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint) will be required to
complete at least 60 credits in residence at the Ann Arbor campus. The student must be registered in
LS&A for at least 30 of these, and all 30 credits must be over and above the credits required for the first
A student electing a double concentration must meet all requirements for both concentrations. Courses,
including cognates, elected as part of one concentration plan may be used, when appropriate, to satisfy
the requirements of the second concentration. However, one of the two concentration plans must be
independent of the area distribution plan. After the date of graduation with one concentration, a student
completing additional work which fulfills another concentration can have the additional field entered on
University of Washington – www.washington.edu
Undergraduate Postbaccalaureate Program - http://www.washington.edu/students/uga/pb/
Postbaccalaureate Requirements - http://www.washington.edu/students/uga/pb/reqs/
Postbaccalaureate is a matriculated status, reserved for students who are working toward a second
bachelor's degree, or preparing for entrance to graduate or professional school. Only a small number
of applicants are admitted every quarter as postbaccalaureate (fifth-year students) because the
University's primary commitment is to undergraduates who are completing their first bachelor's
Double Degrees - http://www.washington.edu/students/ugrad/advising/aif/double.html
Excess credits from the first degree: A postbaccalaureate student who presented more than the
required number of credits for an earlier degree at the UW is allowed to count the excess credits
toward the additional 45 required for a second degree. For example, a student who graduated from
UW with a BA in political science with 185 credits would be allowed to earn a second BA in
English by completing as few as 40 additional credits upon his/her return.
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Matriculation credits required: To earn two UW degrees, simultaneous or sequential, a student
must complete at least 90 credits as a UW matriculated student. See the credit chart.
Residence credits required: To earn two simultaneous UW degrees, 45 of the student's final 60
credits must be UW residence credits; a maximum of 15 credits in the final 60 may be nonresidence
credits. An additional 10 credits out-of-residence is possible by petition, as long as the student has
completed at least 45 total UW residence credits. The student is not allowed 15 credits out-of-
residence for each degree.
To return and earn a second UW degree, the student must complete an additional 45 UW residence
credits. Any excess credits from the first degree may be counted toward this requirement.
University of Texas at Austin – www.utexas.edu
Multiple Degrees - http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/catalogs/ug04-06/ch01/ch01c.html#multiple
No second bachelor's degree will be conferred until the candidate has completed at least twenty-four
semester hours in addition to those counted toward the bachelor's degree that requires the higher number
of hours of credit. The Red McCombs School of Business, the Colleges of Education and Engineering,
and the School of Nursing require the student to complete at least twenty-four hours in addition to those
counted toward the first bachelor's degree. A student may not receive the same degree twice.
With proper approval, an undergraduate may pursue two majors simultaneously. The two majors may
lead either to a single degree or to two degrees. For example, a student who majors simultaneously in
history and government is awarded a single Bachelor of Arts degree; a student who majors in journalism
and government receives the Bachelor of Journalism and the Bachelor of Arts.
University of Wisconsin at Madison – www.wisc.edu (Double degree/majors are to individual colleges)
Double Degrees or Majors/Second Bachelor Degrees (from UW-Madison College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences Bulletin) - http://www.wisc.edu/pubs/home/archives/gopher/cals93/UPBAL0404.html
Second Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
Individuals with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison or other accredited institutions may, if eligible, pursue a second
bachelor's degree from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The following
requirements for the second bachelor's degree must be met: Students must complete a
minimum of 30 credits in residence, of which 15 or more must be in the major field as
specified by the major department. These credits are in addition to credits earned for the first
degree. Candidates must complete all university, college, major, and curricular degree
program requirements. Credits earned for the first degree will apply toward appropriate
requirements for the second. However, students must take at least 30 new credits.
Earning Two Undergraduate Degrees Simultaneously
Whenever a student wishes to earn two undergraduate degrees simultaneously (in contrast
to earning two undergraduate MAJORS simultaneously) the following academic policies
shall be followed:
A. If the two degrees to be earned are within the College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences, policies pertaining to the earning of a second degree from within the college
shall be applied, i.e., if 124 credits are required for the first degree, at least 30 additional
credits must be completed. In this instance, a minimum of 154 credits (for most majors)
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would be required; however, courses to meet both degrees could be taken on a
B. If the two degrees to be earned are from two different colleges (i.e., one degree in
Agricultural and Life Sciences and one degree in a "second" school or college on this
campus): A student may seek two baccalaureate degrees simultaneously (in contrast to
two majors), each from a different college, providing that the two degree programs differ
sufficiently so that the combined total requirements for the two degrees are at least 150
Ohio State University – www.osu.edu
Second Degrees through individual colleges - http://bulletins.osu.edu/
College of Arts and Sciences – Special Academic Opportunities, see pages 12 and 13
(PDF document) - http://www.asc.ohio-state.edu/new/handbook/CH2.pdf
Stanford University – www.stanford.edu
Stanford Bulletin – 2004-05 – Academic Policy (pdf document) see page 20
Degree Options – See Undergraduate Degree Options
Dual Degrees – Concurrent A.B. and B.S
This program constitutes two separate degrees, one Bachelor of Arts degree and one Bachelor of
Science degree. To qualify for both degrees, a student must complete all the requirements for an
undergraduate degree and the curricular requirements of two majors, one leading to an A.B. degree
and one leading to a B.S. degree. A student must complete a minimum of 225 units of University
work and a minimum of three full-tuition quarters at Stanford after completing 180 units, or 15 full-
tuition quarters of registration. A minimum of 135 units must be completed at Stanford, including
the last 15 units.
Second Bachelor’s Degrees
Upon application and recommendation of the second major department, the holder of a Bachelor of
Science degree from Stanford may apply for admission to candidacy for a Bachelor of Arts degree
and vice versa. Requirements for a second Stanford bachelor’s degree are the same as those
described above for the dual bachelor’s degree. Stanford does not award a second B.A. degree to an
individual who already holds a B.A., nor a B.S. degree to an individual who already holds a B.S.
Texas A & M University – www.tamu.edu
Degree Reqirements (Revised 2003) - http://student-rules.tamu.edu/rule14.htm
14.4 Undergraduate Second Degree
A student pursuing a second degree will, upon completion of all requirements, receive two separate
degrees, e.g., two BAs, two BSs, or a combination of either BA, BS, BBA, BLA, or BED degree.
Some degree programs may limit or not accept students for a second degree.
Courses may be used to satisfy the requirements for both degrees. However, the total semester hours
required must be at least 30 semester hours in addition to the greater number of hours required for
either degree. At least 12 hours of 300- and 400-level course work must be completed in each field
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A student who has previously not been enrolled at Texas A&M University and who is seeking a
second degree must have a minimum of 36 hours of 300- and 400-level courses, 12 of which must be
in the major field of study, in residence at Texas A&M University. The student must also meet the
Texas A&M University Citizenship requirements in history and political science.
University of Missouri: Columbia – www.missouri.edu
Double major is a term that only applies if the degree earned with both majors is the same. If the
majors are offered by two different academic units or if they are offered within one academic unit
but with different degrees, you will need to earn a dual degree.
For example, if you wish to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a Bachelor
of Journalism degree you will be earning two different degrees (BA and BJ).
Because students in this situation are earning two different degrees, a minimum of 12 additional
hours is required for graduation. For example, if both degrees individually require completion of 120
hours, students earning dual degrees must complete a minimum of 132 hours to graduate.
Oregon State University – www.oregonstate.edu
General Catalog - http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/info/DualMajorDoubleDegree.html
A student may earn two different degrees simultaneously. The degrees may be offered by the same
college, or by different colleges. To earn double degrees, a student must complete a minimum of 32
credits above the minimum number of credits needed for one of the degrees. The double degree may be
earned concurrently or subsequently.
Concurrent Baccalaureate Degrees: An undergraduate student may be granted two or more
baccalaureate degrees (for example the BA or BS) at the same time. The student must:
1. Complete, for each additional degree, a minimum of 32 credits more than the requirements of
the curriculum requiring the least number of credits; and
2. Complete each additional 32 credits in residence.
Subsequent Baccalaureate Degree: A student who has received a previous baccalaureate degree
from either OSU or another accredited university may be granted a subsequent baccalaureate degree.
The student must meet the requirements for a concurrent degree, if a previous baccalaureate degree
has been received from OSU. The additional credits may be taken at any time prior to or subsequent
to the granting of a previous OSU baccalaureate degree.
Dual (or Multiple) Majors
A student may earn two or more majors within a single degree program. Dual majors may be obtained
concurrently with the completion of the degree, or in some cases may be earned as a credential
subsequent to completion of the degree. (See: Academic Regulation 27.)
Academic Regulation #27 - Subsequent Credentials: Minors, Certificates, Options, and Majors
Subsequent Minors and Certificates: A student who has received a previous baccalaureate degree
from either OSU or another accredited university or college may be granted a subsequent minor or
certificate. The student must:
1. Complete current requirements for minor or certificate and receive the dean’s approval;
2. Achieve a minimum of 2.0 OSU cumulative grade point average on work taken for
3. Academic residence: minimum 15 credits in residence.
Subsequent Options and Majors: A student who has received a previous baccalaureate degree
from OSU may be granted a subsequent option or major credential:
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1. Complete current requirements for option or major and receive dean’s approval;
2. Achieve a minimum of 2.0 OSU cumulative grade point average on work taken for
3. Academic residence: minimum 15 credits in residence.
Additional credits necessary for subsequent credentials may be taken prior to or subsequent to
the granting of a previous baccalaureate degree.
University of Oregon – www.uoregon.edu
Second Bachelor’s Degree –
A student who has been awarded a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may earn an
additional bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon. The student must satisfactorily complete all
departmental, school, or college requirements for the second degree. Of these requirements, the
following must be completed after the prior degree has been awarded:
1. The student must complete an additional 36 credits at the university as a formally admitted student if
the prior Bachelor’s degree was awarded by the University of Oregon, or an additional 45 credits at
the University if the prior Bachelor’s degree was awarded by another institution.
2. A minimum cumulative UO GPA of 2.00 in courses taken for the second bachelor’s degree is
required for the second bachelor’s degree.
3. A minimum of 18 credits must be graded A, B, C, D if the prior bachelor’s degree was earned at the
University of Oregon, or 23 credits if at another institution.
4. At least 75 percent of all course work required in the major for the second degree must be completed
after the conferral of the first degree.