Students may pursue two distinct master’s degrees while allowing for some overlap in course requirements or pursue an interdepartmental combined degree leading to a single master degree.
The student is required to:
Receive approval from both departments and the Rackham School of Graduate Study or the College of Engineering.
Complete the 30 credits required for each department. However, 10 credits may be dually counted, resulting in 50 credits total.
The Rackham Graduate School provides students the opportunity to combine two graduate or graduate-professional programs. A student in a Rackham doctoral or master’s program must complete at least one term of coursework in good academic standing in a regular Rackham program before requesting admission to a dual degree program. In order to shorten the length of the program, students are able to double-count a limited number of credits.
Students pursuing any combination of master’s degrees must complete the online “Add a Degree (Dual Degree) Application”, make sure before you submit the online “Add a Degree” application, to first check with that Dual Degree program what other paperwork/materials they require for their Dual Degree application. Each department has different requirements.
No courses numbered 990, 995 or with “doctoral,” “dissertation,” or “preliminary” in the title may be counted toward a dual master’s degree.
Students in dual degree programs may double-count a limited number of credit hours toward the requirements of both degrees. To request double-counting, a student must complete a Dual Degree Course Election Form no later than one term prior to completing the second degree. The following general guidelines apply:
Double-counted courses must be taken within five years of the first date of enrollment of the current degree program.
To preserve the integrity of each Rackham degree, at least half of the minimum required credit hours for each Rackham degree must be earned in the Rackham program under a Rackham registration and counted solely for that degree. For example, a student enrolled in a 36-hour Rackham master’s program may not apply more than a combination of 18 transfer and/or double-counted credit hours toward the Rackham program.
A graduate program may overlap with only one other program for the purpose of double-counting credit hours. Credit hours may never be used for three or more programs. If a student seeks a third certificate or program, it must stand alone.
The maximum number of credit hours that may be double-counted for a dual degree program is determined by adding the minimum number of hours required for each program and dividing by six. For example:
|Minimum credit hours required for Degree A||30|
|Minimum credit hours required for Degree B||36|
|Total credit hours required||66|
|Maximum credit hours that can be double-counted||11|
Any resulting fraction is rounded down to the nearest whole number of credit hours. Credit hours for a single course may not be split; a course must be double-counted in its entirety or not at all.
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