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Pursuing Two Degrees Concurrently

Policy Statement

Two Undergraduate Degrees

A student enrolled at Drexel is permitted to earn two bachelor's degrees simultaneously. (All students should be counseled regarding this decision and possibly encouraged to consider instead a master's/bachelor's program). The student must satisfy the academic and the cooperative work experience requirements of each degree program; some course work and co-op periods may be applied toward satisfying the requirements of both degrees. The student whose plan of study requires more terms in school than a single degree program will be billed additional tuition accordingly.

A plan of study, created by the student, must have signatures of approval of the department head of each program involved, and a copy of the approved plan must be filed in the office of the dean of each program. The student should have an officially declared major in each bachelor's degree program being pursued. The student must file an application for degree in the term that he/she expects to complete each degree. A student completing two different degrees will receive one diploma for each degree and have each degree and its affiliated major noted on the transcript.

Two Graduate Degrees

1. Dual Master's Degree

Graduate students already enrolled in a master's degree program at Drexel have the opportunity, through the dual master's program, to work simultaneously on and to receive two master's degrees upon graduation. The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Graduate students must be currently working on their first degree when requesting admission to the second.
  • They must obtain approval from the graduate advisers of both programs and work out a plan of study encompassing coursework and/or research (thesis) credits for both degrees.
  • Students may transfer as many as 15 credits from one program to the other, usually in the form of electives, and are, therefore, required to complete 60 graduate credits in order to complete a dual master's degree program. (The actual credit total may be higher, depending on each department's requirements.)

The dual master's student must complete the appropriate form, available from the Graduate Studies Office, and obtain approvals from both graduate advisers. Final approval is granted by the Graduate Studies Office. The student is then registered in both majors simultaneously.

Upon graduation, the student must file two "Application for Degree" forms with the Student Administrative Services Center.

2. Second Master's Degree

Students with a previously completed master's degree may pursue a second master's degree in a different major without the need to go through the admission process again or to complete another 45 credits of graduate coursework. Because the student has already completed a master's degree at Drexel, he or she may transfer up to 15 credits from the first into the second master's degree program, depending upon, departmental requirements in the new major, and may, therefore, complete the second master's degree with a minimum of 30 new graduate credits.

Readmission into the second master's degree program is requested through the new departmental graduate adviser, with final approval by the Graduate Studies Office. During the term in which the student expects to complete the second master's degree, he/she must file an application for degree form with the Student Administrative Services Center.