Graduate and Professional Dual-Degree Programs
Duquesne University offers a number of formal dual-degree programs. A dual-degree program enables a student to earn two degrees concurrently and in a shortened period of time by completing a reduced number of credits in each program of study. The reduction in hours recognizes the integration of courses and content which overlap both programs of study.
Students must apply for dual-degree status at the time of admission, and must be admissible to each individual program. Upon completion of a dual-degree program, a student will be conferred with the two degrees included in the dual-degree program. This does not preclude individual students from completing multiple degrees.
For master’s degrees of 30 hours, each program may accept up to 6 hours in advanced standing and up to 12 hours of graduate credit may be shared (“double-counted”) between the two programs, as long as the credits are acceptable for application to the graduate degree. In any case, a minimum of 24 graduate hours must be completed within each master’s degree program. For master’s degrees, or other graduate or professional degrees requiring more than 30 graduate hours for completion, the program may accept up to 25% of the total hours required for the degree in advanced standing and up to 40% of the total hours of graduate credit may be shared (“double-counted”) as long as the credits are acceptable for application to the degree.
Students are expected to complete the dual-degree program within seven years of the commencement of study. Dual-degrees must be conferred simultaneously and students will receive two diplomas. Students who withdraw from pursuing a formal dual-degree program may complete one or both programs but must meet all of the requirements for each program separately. The ad hoc pursuit of dual-degrees other than those formally offered is not permitted; students who pursue two graduate degrees must meet all of the requirements for each degree.
Dual-degree proposals must be approved by the Dean of each school offering each individual degree, forwarded to the Graduate Council for review and comment, and then submitted to the Provost for final approval.