Dual Degree

The application for dual degree with the College is now closed. The application for the fall 2018 semester will open on April 1, 2018.

Students may elect to complete the the College's requirements along with those of the Nursing School, the School of Engineering and Applied Science or the Wharton School.

A student pursuing the dual degree earns a B.A. from the College and a B.S. from Wharton or Nursing, or the B.S.E. or B.A.S. from Engineering.

It is important to distinguish between a double major and the dual degree program: A student pursuing a double major satisfies the requirements for two separate major programs within the College but earns a single B.A. degree. A student pursuing a dual degree will receive two bachelor's degrees simultaneously, from two separate schools of the University.

Process

  • A candidate for a dual degree should consult with an advisor from the school of interest and one of the Assistant Deans in the College Office. Careful planning is an important part of doing a dual degree.
  • The application process for a dual degree varies among the undergraduate schools. Contact the advising office for the school to which you are applying for details on how to submit an application. For College students who apply to another school for a dual degree, the College will continue to act as his or her home school.
  • Satisfying the requirements of both schools requires a heavy courseload and may require more than four years to complete, depending upon A.P. credits and how many courses overlap both schools' requirements. 
  • To be eligible to apply for a dual degree with Wharton, College students must have completed at least 4 course units in each of their first two semesters at Penn. Students may not apply to the dual degree program with unresolved I's, NR's or GR's on their transcripts.

The application for dual degree with the College is now closed. The application for the fall 2018 semester will open on April 1, 2018.

  • Students who have been accepted to dual degree programs must complete 14 College courses outside the major, including courses for the Foundational Approaches, Sector Requirements and Free Electives.
  • The total number of course units for both degrees is between 37 and 48. Students must complete worksheets with their advisors in both schools showing how they will meet graduation requirements.
  • Dual Degree with the Nursing School: A g.p.a. of 3.00 is necessary for consideration. Consult the Nursing School further details.
  • Dual Degree with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: The Engineering School looks for a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.00. The School also likes to see MATH 104, MATH 114, PHYS 150, PHYS 151, CHEM 101 and CHEM 053. By the end of the second year, the student should have at least one sophomore-level engineering course. The total number of course units a student must have for the two degrees may be as high as 46.
  • Dual Degree with the Wharton School: Students should consult the Wharton School website for eligibility and academic requirements for consideration for the dual degree with Wharton.

Application Process

In order to apply for a dual degree at the end of the first year at Penn, students must have completed at least 8 c.u. at Penn. Students may not apply to a dual degree program with unresolved I's, NR's or GR's on their transcripts.

Applications for a dual degree can be submitted at the end of the freshman year or at the end of the sophomore year. Students are usually not eligible to apply for the dual degree after the sophomore year.

Both degrees must be awarded at the same time even if the requirements for one are completed in an earlier semester.

Students who transfer to Penn with junior standing are not eligible to apply for a dual degree program or for semester study abroad programs.