Administering Concurrent Degrees

At the University of Oregon, the term concurrent graduate degrees is used when a graduate student is admitted and enrolled in two degree programs at any point in their studies.

Students should read pursuing concurrent graduate degrees for more information.


Examples of Concurrent Graduate Degrees

  • A student pursues a master’s degree in environmental studies and a law degree (JD) over the course of four years. The student is awarded both degrees in the same term.

  • A student pursues a master's degree in mathematics with a full credit load and a master's degree in economics with a reduced credit load. The student is awarded the mathematics degree in a given term and continues on and receives the economics degree at a later date.

  • While pursuing a doctoral degree in education leadership, a student also opts to pursue a master's degree in special education. The doctoral degree takes longer to complete and the master's degree is awarded first.

  • A student pursues a master of business administration (MBA) and a master of public administration (MPA). The students alternates their focus by enrolling full time in MBA-related courses for one year and enrolling full time in MPA-related courses the next year. After completing the requirements for both courses, the student is awarded both degrees in the same term.


Steps to Earn a Concurrent Graduate Degree

Currently, all concurrent graduate degree programs are considered to be “student-initiated” and are not formalized programs.

The Graduate School encourages any student who is interested in pursuing a concurrent degree to contact one or both of the relevant academic units.

Any student who wishes to create a concurrent degree program outside of the formalized process is expected to follow this process:

  1. Gain admittance to both degree programs via the UO application.

  2. As soon as possible after being admitted to both programs—but at least three terms prior to the term in which the student would complete either or both degrees (except for current law students)—meet with a faculty advisor in each of the cooperating units.

    Each advisor must approve a course of study and a degree completion plan leading to the concurrent degree. This course of study will establish the requirements that must be completed for each unit, explicitly noting which courses will count toward one degree or the other.

  3. The declaration of concurrent degrees form must be completed, printed, signed, and submitted to the Graduate School as soon as the student has been admitted to both programs, and no later than three terms prior to the term in which the student would complete either or both degrees.

    Law students must be submit the declaration of concurrent degrees form prior to the term you applied for. You will not be admitted to the program and will be unable to register for graduate-level courses without submitting this form. Should you submit the form late, you will be required to apply for the next term to gain admission.

  4. No later than Friday of Week 2 in the term of graduation (for either or both degrees), you must apply for graduation and a completed concurrent degree program plan must be submitted to the Graduate School.


Tuition

Beginning with the term of declaration of concurrent degrees, tuition for students pursuing concurrent degrees will be assessed at a rate based on the average of the tuition of the two academic units.

This is clearly communicated on the declaration of concurrent degrees form and on pursuing concurrent graduate degrees.


Revenue Allocation

Once the student is concurrently enrolled in more than one program, the college in which each program resides will receive 50% of its usual tuition. If there are more than two units involved, a proportional formula will be used.

For student-initiated concurrent degrees in which both majors reside in a single school/college, the dean of that school/college is responsible for determining the revenue flow to the programs.


About the Admissions Process

Formal admissions via the UO application is required.

Admissions practices are left to the department's discretion. However, departments must have an equitable and fair practice/policy established for admitting second degree-seeking students to their program.

For example, the department may decide it will not admit students at all, admit only during their current annual admissions cycle, or elect to admit less formally when space is available.

Departments must also establish a list of required materials for the admission of second degree-seeking students.

Students must be admitted with enough time to spend at least two full terms as an admitted student in their second master’s degree program.

This expectation is in keeping with the current university (Graduate School) residency policy for master’s students. It also sets an expectation for good practices in advising by providing departments with adequate time and opportunity to advise students pursuing a second master’s degree in their program.

This policy recognizes that post-baccalaureate degrees involve more than the completion of coursework.

The formal admission process will culminate in the submission of the declaration of concurrent degrees form to the Graduate School.

See pursuing concurrent graduate degrees for information on:

  • Residency Requirement
  • Concurrent Master's/Law Degrees
  • Concurrent Doctoral/Master's Degrees
  • Degree Completion

Formalizing a Concurrent Degree Program

While there are currently no formal concurrent graduate degree programs at the University of Oregon, institutional policies governing the development and funding for concurrent degrees do not discourage innovative educational opportunities such as concurrent degrees.

Given the importance of interdisciplinary learning and the role concurrent degrees play in the professional development of our students, these policies aim to create incentives for the formalization of such programs while retaining flexibility for student-initiated (non-formalized) programs. 

At this time, all concurrent degree programs are considered "student-initiated" programs, including those that have historically been popular with students (e.g., JD/International Studies, MBA/MPA).