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Second Majors, Specializations, and Degrees for Graduate Students - 1L12

Second Major

A student may complete a second graduate major (i.e., dual major) under a single degree title (e.g., M.A., M.S., or MBA) by: (1) completing all of the requirements for a degree in the first major; (2) applying to and being admitted to the Graduate School and the appropriate department for the second major; and (3) 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.

A student pursuing a second major concurrently with the first must obtain appropriate departmental approval for the combination of studies. With approval from both departments, a student may jointly satisfy both major program requirements with one committee and one exit requirement (e.g., project, thesis, or 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.

Second Specialization

A student may complete two or more specializations within a major while pursuing that major by: (1) applying to and being admitted to the Graduate School and the additional specializations; and (2) completing all the requirements for the major and for each specialization. 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 each additional specialization. With departmental approval, a student may jointly satisfy both specialization requirements with one committee and one exit requirement (e.g., project, thesis, or final examination).

Dual/Concurrent Degrees

A student completing dual/concurrent degree programs (e.g., M.S. and MBA) must satisfy all requirements for each degree program or all requirements of a formally approved combined program.

Approved by Provost effective 6/3/16
This policy was issued on June 15, 2016, replacing the April 4, 2000 version.
Document Reference: 1L12
Origin: Graduate Council; OP 10/7/91; PVC 12/2/99; GR 15/16-04

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