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Dual or Second Masters Degree

Pursue two masters degrees simultaneously (Dual degree)

If a student wishes to pursue two master’s degrees at the same time, they should apply to their primary degree via CALSTATE Apply and complete a "Change of Graduate Objective" form filed with the Office of Graduate Admissions to apply for the second degree.  The second degree objective may be requested via the "Change of Graduate Objective" form any time before the student graduates under their first degree objective.  Please note that acceptance to the second degree program is not guaranteed.  The decision will be made based on the major program's admission requirements.

After acceptance to the second degree program, the student must:

  • Fulfill all prerequisites and requirements for the second degree;
  1. Complete at least 70% of the units required for the second degree (21 units for a 30-unit program) in residence after admission to the second degree program. Up to 30% of units from the first degree (9 units for a 30-unit program) may be applied to the second degree, if accepted by the second degree program. 
  2.  Earn all units for the second master’s degree within the five calendar years immediately preceding the receipt of the degree.
    If the second degree is in the same field as the first degree (e.g., business administration), the second degree must be in a different concentration and all units in the degree must be from different courses.

Earn a second master´s degree

Admission Requirements:

If you already have a master´s degree and want to pursue a second one you must meet the following criteria:

  • Apply and gain admission to the department of the second master´s degree program;
  • Fulfill all prerequisites and requirements for the second degree;
  1. Complete at least 70% of the units required for the second degree (21 units for a 30-unit program) in residence after admission to the second degree program. Up to 30% of units from the first degree (9 units for a 30-unit program) may be applied to the second degree, if accepted by the second degree program. 
  2.  Earn all units for the second master’s degree within the five calendar years immediately preceding the receipt of the degree.
    If the second degree is in the same field as the first degree (e.g., business administration), the second degree must be in a different concentration and all units in the degree must be from different courses.
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