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Second Majors for Graduate Students - 1L12

A student may complete a second graduate major under a single degree title by: (1) completing all of the requirements for a degree in the first major; and (2) applying to the Graduate School and the appropriate department and by completing no less than two-thirds of the total hours required for a degree in the second major as well as all of the requirements for that second major.

If a student pursues a second major concurrently with the first, the graduate adviser in each major must approve the combination of studies. With departmental approval, a student may jointly satisfy such requirements as one committee, one project or thesis, and/or one final examination. A student who holds a master's degree from SIUE may complete a second major and have it added to the official transcript, provided the department offering the second major admits the student for this purpose. Course equivalencies from the former master's program amounting to no more than one-third of the total hours for a degree in the second major may be considered for application toward the second major program.

A student may complete two or more specializations within a major by: (1) completing all the requirements for the major and for each specialization; and (2) applying to the Graduate School and the appropriate department for admission into the additional specializations. Students must complete all the requirements for the additional specialization, except they do not have to repeat courses in common among the specializations as long as the student completes two-thirds of the total hours required for the additional specializations. Students completing additional specializations have to complete all the exit requirements of the specializations except a thesis or final project.

Approved by Provost effective 12/2/99
This policy was issued on April 4, 2000, replacing the March 10, 2000 version.
Document Reference: 1L12
Origin: Graduate Council; OP 10/7/91; PVC 12/2/99