A joint degree consists of one graduate degree with two programs. A student completing a joint degree writes one thesis or dissertation and receives one diploma. Students can earn a joint master’s or a joint doctoral degree. Such degrees are relatively rare. Students should inquire with each program prior to enrollment to see if additional policies exist that would restrict the ability to complete a joint degree.
To apply for a joint degree a student must submit a proposal for the degree to the Graduate School along with an electronic Add/Change/Discontinue Program Request. A student must be admitted to the second program. An appropriate Associate Dean of the Graduate School reviews all such proposals.
Students must submit the proposal before they complete the coursework and no later than the beginning of their second year of graduate study.
The joint degree proposal must address the following issues:
To receive a joint degree, students must:
Once a joint degree proposal has been reviewed and approved, any and all changes must be submitted to the Graduate School for further review.
For further details about joint degrees, contact the Graduate School Office of Academic Services.