Dual degrees are two degrees earned simultaneously when a student is accepted by both a department/programs and is approved by the appropriate academic deans and the Dean of The Graduate School.
The Way It Works
A student must be admitted to one academic program initially, and after the first semester, may apply and be accepted to the second degree program. There is no formal relationship between the two degree program requirements in a dual degree situation.
*To ensure that students entering a second graduate degree program receive timely and effective advisement on a program of study approved by the second department, admission to the second graduate degree program must be approved before the student completes more than twelve credit hours of coursework that are counted in that department toward the second graduate degree. In special circumstances, students may petition their academic deans for an exception. This limit of twelve credits earned only applies to students admitted to their first graduate degree program in the Fall 2014 semester and onwards.
Steps to Take
If a student is pursuing two degrees at once, or have graduated with one degree and are pursuing a second degree for which coursework overlaps with the first, he/she will need to submit a Dual Enrollment Request Form.
The Dual Enrollment Request Form must be endorsed by major professors, department heads and dean(s), as appropriate. The justification should explain why pursuit of two degrees simultaneously is necessary and beneficial. The intended Program of Study for each degree should be included; with an indication of coursework and other requirements already completed, as well as a detailed timeline for completion of both degrees.
The completed form must be sent to the Dean of The Graduate School for final approval. Once approved, the Office of the University Registrar will be notified of the dual registration.