Dual Master's Degree Programs

5570.1 General Policy

A dual graduate degree program permits common course work to apply toward two graduate programs. Currently, seven dual programs are approved, a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Social and Applied Economics; M.B.A. and the M.S. in Administration of Nursing and Health Care Systems; M.B.A. and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.); Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts degree in International and Comparative Politics; M.B.A. and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.); M.D. and M.P.H. and M.D. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences.)

5570.2 Procedure

Students desiring to work on two graduate degrees at the same time, other than those listed above, may do so provided the following requirements are met.

  1. The student formally applies and is admitted into the second graduate degree program before registering for any courses for that program.
  2. The student must have, within two terms from the start of the programs approved, programs of study on file in the College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies for both graduate programs.
  3. The first program must have a minimum of forty-five (45) graduate quarter hours or thirty (30) graduate semester hours. The second program must have a minimum of thirty-three (33) graduate quarter hours, or twenty-two (22) graduate semester hours (programs may require more hours than the minimum requirement).
  4. Courses required for one program cannot be applied toward the second program's requirements.
  5. Only twelve hours of transfer credit can be applied, with program and College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies approval, toward the requirements of the first graduate degree. No transfer credit can be applied toward the second graduate degree
  6. Students may graduate with the two degrees at the same commencement exercise.

5570.3 Other Universities

This policy does not apply to students working on graduate degrees at other institutions.

5570.4 GPA Calculation

Students in dual degree programs or working on two degrees at the same time will have their grade point average and quality points reset after completing both programs. However, in order to graduate students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative graduate grade point average for the required courses in each of the programs. Students working on two degree programs are subject to the policies and procedures of each program.