AP.8.6 Dual Degree/Additional Degree

Dual Degree

A student may earn two bachelor degrees (BT, BS, BBA) or one bachelor degree and one associate degree (A.A.S., AS, AA, AOS), or two associate degrees simultaneously. The following restrictions apply:

  1. For two associate degrees, at least 15 credits of the major in the first degree must not be contained in the program plan of the major in the second degree (this includes both major courses and required cognate courses).
  2. For an associate degree and a bachelor degree or two bachelor degrees, at least 30 credits of the major in the primary degree must not be contained in the program plan of the major in the secondary degree (this includes both major courses and required cognate courses). Beyond the 15 or 30 major credits not in common, all other courses applied to the primary degree may be applied to the secondary degree. Simply stated, there must be, at minimum, a 15-credit (two associate degrees) or 30-credit difference between the majors of the associate degree and bachelor degree or two bachelor degrees.
  3. The student must complete the college-wide requirements associated with each degree. The primary difference between degrees relates to the minimum number of liberal arts credits required (AAS degree, 20 credits. AS degree, 30 credits, AA degree, 45 credits, AOS (credits per program requirements), BT and BBA degree 30 credits, BS degree, 60 credits.) The number of liberal arts credits will be determined by both program requirements, if equal, or the greater of the two.
  4. To apply for a secondary degree, students must meet the minimum grade requirements required by each degree.
  5. Students should be fully aware of any financial aid implications and program/credentialing restrictions before selecting a second degree

Additional Degree

The awarding of an additional, consecutive degree is allowed provided that the significant requirements for both degrees have been satisfied in each program and that a significant amount of course work has been completed beyond that of the initial degree. Without being overly specific, a significant amount of additional course work should be 30 or more credit hours taken at Morrisville which, in most instances, requires an additional year of study.

  • This policy applies to the awarding of associate degrees only.
  • This policy applies to students that wish to pursue an additional, consecutive degree. In instances in which a student wishes to pursue a dual degree/major concurrently, Policy #6103 applies.
  • An additional degree may be of differing types (i.e. an A.A.S., A.S., A.A., etc.) or may be differing majors of the same degree type.
  • To obtain an additional degree, the student must comply with Morrisville’s statute of limitations on degree completion. That is, degree requirements may be satisfied by taking courses within a seven (7) year period after initial matriculation at Morrisville.  The courses that are to be applied to the degree requirements of  the additional degree shall have prior approval by the appropriate Academic Dean.
  • A student not completing the requirements for an additional degree within the seven-year period may have to enroll in additional course work due to changes in the curriculum. This determination shall be made by the Academic Dean in consultation with appropriate faculty.