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Guidelines for Dual Majors (Master's)

Only one degree is awarded for dual major MA, MS, EdM, or MF degrees.

Both majors must be individually authorized to award the degree.

You must be admitted to both majors.

You must pass any qualifying exams for both majors.

You must satisfy all degree requirements for both majors.

Each major must be acceptable as a minor for the other major.

A minimum of 60 credits must be posted on the program of study.

The examining committee will consist of two Graduate Faculty members from each major and, if a thesis is required by either major, a Graduate Council representative.

If both majors require a thesis: Only one thesis, which must be acceptable to both majors, is required. This thesis may be directed by one person qualified in both majors or by co-major professors (one from each major). An approximately equal amount of thesis credit must be taken in each major. The maximum total credit for thesis on the program is 12 credits.

If one major requires a thesis and the other does not: The thesis must be directed by a qualified Graduate Faculty member from the major requiring a thesis. Up to 12 credits of thesis from this major may appear on the program. If the other major requires research in-lieu-of-thesis, up to 6 credits of 501 or 506 in this major may be posted on the program.

If neither major requires a thesis: If a major requires research in-lieu-of-thesis, up to 6 credits of 501 or 506 in a major may be posted on the Program of study. A maximum of 12 credits of research in-lieu-of-thesis may be posted on the Program of study if both majors require this option.

All other requirements for the master's degree which are not in conflict with the above requirements apply to the dual major master's degree.