Students enrolled in a dual degree program are pursuing two different degrees at CGU and receive diplomas for each degree upon completion of each degree's requirements. Graduation from the two programs in the same semester is not required except for international students who must comply with immigration degree completion requirements.
Restriction: Dual degrees are restricted to fields that are sufficiently different as to require separate curricula. Dual degrees are not permitted for fields that are so close in subject content that any course from one field would satisfy requirements of the second.
Applicability of Units: CGU limits the applicability of coursework units to two degrees. Upon completion of a dual degree program, students who wish to pursue another degree should realize that units from the dual degrees may not available for credit toward any subsequent degree.
Availability: Dual degree programs are available to CGU applicants as well as to admitted and continuing students. Applicants work through Admissions. The information on this page applies primarily to admitted and continuing students.
You may apply for a dual degree by completing a Change of Degree form. To fully take advantage of the dual degree program benefits, you should submit your application prior to completing your first year at CGU or before completing your first 16 units. Submit the form to your department for concurrence and deliver to the new program office.
Adding a new program is equivalent to an application for admission to that program. Interviews may be requested, as well as additional documentation for review by the new program's admissions committee. Documentation may include the following.
Personal statement indicating the depth of your interest and your qualifications to date for that field
Letters of recommendation specific to the new field
Discipline-specific test scores
Other discipline-specific documentation, such as evidence of achievement in the field
The new program will advise you of its decision. If admitted, your new dual degree status is effective at the beginning of the next semester.
While you must complete the degree requirements for each degree of your dual degree program, the program structure provides some benefits and restrictions regarding degree requirements.
Dual Degree Proposal Form: Before the completion of your first semester in the program, you must complete and file a Dual Degree Proposal Form with the Registrar's Office. The form is completed in collaboration with your advisors in the two programs and must be approved by each program. Any changes to the Proposal must be documented through submission of a new, approved Dual Degree Proposal Form.
Identification of units from each program that can be applied toward the required units of the other program - limit of 35% from one program to another
Other degree requirements, such as tools, exams, and thesis/dissertations
Note that the "sharing" of units between programs may decrease the total amount of units you must complete for each program. This is the reason for initiating an application to a dual degree program early in your career.