Dual Degree vs. Double Major – Requirements

What is the difference between a dual degree candidate and a double major candidate?

A dual degree is the completion of two individual degrees at the same time.  A student may receive two degrees at the same time if the requirements for both degrees are met.

A student who double majors will graduate with just one degree; however, both majors will display on the students official transcript.

The Dual Degree Candidate must meet the minimum requirements below:


– A minimum of 31 hours in residence beyond the requirements for the primary degree must be completed

– For example – if the first degree requires 122 semester hours, a total of 153 hours must be completed

– All transfer hours and  any hours counting towards a minor(s) are applied to the primary degree

– 36 hours at the 300+ level must also be met within the primary degree.

– If a 300 level course in the secondary degree is used to meet the 300 + level requirement of the primary degree, then that course’s credit hours can not also apply to the secondary’s degree 31 hours in residency.  The course can be used to fulfill the major requirements of the secondary degree; however, the hours from this course will only count towards the 300+ level requirement of the primary degree.  While a course can “double-dip”, credit hours can not be counted more than once.

– The requirements for both degrees must be met during the same term in order to receive them.

A student may opt to receive only one degree if all the requirements have not been completed for both; however, the student will forfeit the option of completing the dual degree, and will then be considered a double major.


During the initial audit, a member of the Graduation Services team will make the determination of the student’s eligibility.  The student will, in turn, be notified of his/her status at some point during the appropriate term.