A student may earn multiple degrees simultaneously. Additional degrees may also be earned subsequent to a prior awarded degree. The degrees may be offered by the same college, or by different colleges. For each additional degree, a student must complete a minimum of 32 credits above the minimum number of credits needed for one degree. Each degree application is reviewed by the appropriate academic advisor. Advisors complete a separate graduation audit for each of the degrees. Each degree awarded will be recorded as a separate degree award on the student’s record. The student will also receive a separate diploma for each degree awarded (see Academic Regulation 26).
Some programs, such as the Education Double Degree or the International Degree, require that a primary degree be completed in order for the secondary degree to be awarded. When multiple degrees are not dependent on one another, one of the degrees may be awarded even though the requirements for the other degree are not yet met.
Dual (or Multiple) Majors
Though less common, a student may receive a single degree with multiple majors. Often the number of credits required to complete the requirements for multiple majors allows a student to earn multiple degrees, but that is not always the case. Dual majors are most often obtained within the same college. The degree requirements for both majors are reviewed by your advisor.
When the degree is awarded there will be one degree award with two majors recorded on the student’s record. The student will receive one diploma. Dual majors may be obtained concurrently with the completion of the degree, or in some cases may be earned as a credential subsequent to completion of the degree (see Academic Regulation 27).
Students completing the honors college curriculum receive an honors degree in the college of their major, e.g. HBS Honors Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, or HBA Honors Bachelor of Arts in English. In some cases, it might be possible for an Honors College student to earn multiple degrees simultaneously by following the double degrees requirements outlined in Academic Regulation 26.
Students seeking an honors degree must meet the requirements of the University Honors College to receive their degree. Students who complete an Honors degree will have the honors degree recorded on their academic record. The student’s diploma will also include the honors degree designation (e.g. Honors Bachelor of Science, Honors Bachelor of Arts).
Students completing a certificate concurrently with their major must apply for graduation twice—one graduation application for the major and a second graduation application for the certificate. When the certificate is awarded, it will be recorded on the student’s transcript.