The awarding of the same UW–Madison degree-major to the same student more than once is not permitted. On occasion, academic programs seek to award the same student the same degree-major credential twice. In such cases, the student would see the identical credential appear twice on their transcript and they would receive two identical diplomas.
Duplicate degree-major awards are prohibited because they are inconsistent with the conditions under which programs are authorized. A degree-major is authorized with a single set of learning outcomes and a district curriculum. If a student has met those learning outcomes and fulfilled requirements once, there is no value to the student to repeat the degree-major.
This prohibition on duplicate degree-majors should be a consideration at the time a student enrolls in a degree-major program at UW–Madison. Students who seek additional coursework in the same discipline must either enroll as special/non-degree students to complete coursework or enroll in a special committee degree (graduate-level) or individual major (undergraduates).
This policy applies to all degree-seeking students at UW-Madison.
The awarding of the same degree-major (academic plan code) to the same student more than one time is not permitted. Students who seek to earn additional coursework or an additional degree-major for a degree-major they already completed must either enroll as a special/non-degree student for coursework or enroll in an individual major (undergraduates) or special committee degree (graduate students). The prohibition on awarding the same degree-major more than once is best prevented by not allowing enrollment in the same degree-major (plan code) a student previously completed, including enrollment in distinct subplans/options.