Policies Governing Dual Degree

Students may submit an application for dual degree with the College during the application period for each semester (April 1 to May 15 for the fall and November 1 to December 15 for the spring)


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.

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. 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.