Graduate Student Handbook

9.1 Combined and Dual Degree Programs Defined

The Graduate School permits students to undertake two simultaneous degree programs. A “combined” degree program involves one graduate degree and one professional degree (e.g. the MPH/MD). [GSH 8.1]

A “dual” degree program involves completing two graduate degrees (e.g. the MHA/MBA). Although there are unique features of the various combined and dual degree programs, the basic principle is that the student must apply to each degree program separately and be admitted. If a student applies to two degree programs and is admitted to only one, the student has the option to pursue that degree alone.

Admission to any graduate or professional degree does not create presumption of admission to other degree programs, for which the admission criteria and competition may be quite different.