Pursuing Concurrent Graduate Degrees

At the University of Oregon, the term concurrent graduate degrees is used when a graduate student is pursuing two degrees simultaneously.

Faculty and staff should read administering concurrent graduate degrees for more information for academic departments.


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

A student who wishes to pursue concurrent graduate degrees must follow these steps:

  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 and the director of graduate studies in each of the cooperating units.

    The director of graduate studies for each program 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.

    This form must be filed in the Graduate School no later than week 5 of any term in which you want to make the change effective. Forms submitted after Week 5 of the term will automatically be considered for the next academic term.

    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.


Important Information about Pursuing Concurrent Graduate Degrees

Tuition

Beginning with the term of declaration of concurrent degrees, you will pay a tuition rate equal to the average of the two degree programs, unless one of the two programs is law.

In this case, the student pays the tuition rate for the program for which the student is taking the greater number of credits.

In the case that you complete one degree prior to the other, your tuition rate for subsequent terms will revert back to the rate of the remaining degree program.

Determining Major 1 and Major 2

On the declaration of concurrent degrees form, you will be asked to identify each degree program as either "Major 1" or "Major 2".

Please note that only Major 1 will appear on your transcript each term, although the conferral of both degrees will appear on your final transcript.

If you are pursuing concurrent master’s and doctoral degrees, you should cite your doctoral major as “Major 1” on the declaration form.

If you are pursuing concurrent master's degrees the first degree awarded must be listed as "Major 1" and consist of no less than 45 graduate credits.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Students pursuing concurrent degrees are responsible for meeting minimum Graduate School requirements for each degree.

Concurrent Master's/Law Degrees

Both degrees must be awarded the same term.

Concurrent Doctoral/Master's Degrees

Courses used to meet your doctoral year of residency requirement cannot also be used to meet minimum Graduate School requirements for your master's degree.

Please cite your doctoral major as "Major 1" on the declaration form.

Degree Completion

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


Admission Process and Timeline

Formal admissions via the UO application is required.

Admissions practices are left to the discretion of individual departments. However, each department must have an equitable and fair practice/policy established regarding the admittance of second degree-seeking students to their program.

For example, the department may decide it will not admit second degree-seeking students at all, it may decide to admit only during their current annual admissions cycle, or it may elect to admit only 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.

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


Withdrawing From One of Your Degree Programs

To cancel your concurrent degree status, send an email to the Graduate School that includes your name, UO ID number, and the name of the major from which you intend to withdraw.