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.
- Since careful planning is an important part of a successful dual degree, students considering this option should consult with an advisor from the school of interest and a College Office advisor (email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting).
- 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 their 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, 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
- Students who have been accepted to dual degree programs must complete 14 c.u. outside the major, including courses for the Foundational Approaches, Sector Requirements and 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 3.0 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 3.0. The School also likes to see MATH 1400, MATH 1410, PHYS 0150, PHYS 0151, CHEM 1012 and CHEM 1101 (MATH 104, MATH 114, PHYS 150, PHYS 151, CHEM 101, CHEM 053 prior to Summer 2022). 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.
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. Note that individual schools will have their own policies. See their websites for details.
Applications for a dual degree with Nursing or Engineering can be submitted at the end of the first year or at the middle or end of the sophomore year. Applications for a dual degree with Wharton can be submitted at the end of the first year or the middle of the sophomore year at the latest. 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.