Master's Degree- Second Master's Degree- Graduate

3341-3-73 Master’s degree – Second Master’s Degree - Graduate

Applicability
All University Units – Graduate Students

Responsible Unit
Office of the Provost

Policy Administrator
Graduate College

(A) Policy Statement and Purpose

This describes the policies associated with completing a second Master’s degree program at BGSU.

(B) Policy Scope

(1) Second Master’s Degree Requirements

(a) A student may pursue Master’s degrees in two unrelated disciplines at Bowling Green State University, and these two Master’s degrees can be completed concurrently or consecutively.

(b) Course Credits:

In addition to completing the basic core requirements for both programs, students can share up to 9 course credits between programs (if academically appropriate). If a student is completing a second Master’s degree concurrent with another Master’s degree, these shared credits must be approved by both programs and the Graduate College. If a student is completing a second Master’s degree after the completion of a first Master’s degree, these shared credits must be approved by the second Master’s program and the Graduate College. 

(c) Culminating Experiences: 

Students pursuing a second Master’s degree must complete separate culminating experiences (e.g., thesis, comprehensive exam, etc.) in each Master’s program. No shared culminating experience credits are permitted.

(d) Total Credits:

Including any allowed shared credits, a student must meet the total minimum credit and curricular requirements of both Master’s degrees.

(e) Limitations: 

A minimum of 18 credits must be completed at 6000-level for each Master's program. If a 6000-level course is shared, it can be then counted toward both programs' 18 credit minimum. Time-to-degree rules apply for all courses. 

Effective date: September 17, 2020