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Dual Degree Programs

The Graduate School encourages the development of programs in graduate education that are responsive to changing disciplinary, professional, economic, and social circumstances. Only academic programs have the authority to propose and receive approval for new dual degree programs. Programs should reference the Policy on Transdisciplinary Programs of Studynew window icon.

Dual degree programs must balance structural efficiency with individual program integrity. They result in the awarding of two degrees from two different disciplines, generally at the master's degree level (exceptions: JD, MD, and MD/PhD programs). Note that a master's degree student continuing on for a PhD in the same academic program is not considered a dual degree student under these guidelines.

Students must apply to and be accepted by both programs individually before beginning in the dual degree program. In a practical sense, this means that students should apply to both academic programs at the same time, or apply to the second program no later than during their first year of the first program. Dual degrees will not be awarded after the curricular requirements have already been met without initial application.

Course credit transfers allowed above the normal 20 Percent Rule are specified in the dual degree program approvals from The Graduate School. Students who do not apply to both programs before beginning the curricular requirements will be subject to the 20 Percent Rule.

Students in officially recognized dual degree programs, other than the MD-PhD program, must apply to graduate for both degrees at the same time, even if the requirements for one degree are completed sooner than the second degree. Dual degree students should ensure they have successfully submitted an application to graduate for each of their intended degree programs.

Academic programs are asked to provide flexibility so students may be able to walk ceremoniously with their cohort even if they do not earn the degree that semester. See Graduation for additional information.