Academic Programs

Frequently Asked Questions for Graduate Students

How can I pursue two master's degrees at the same time?

If you wish to pursue two master's degrees at the same time, you should indicate this on your application or "Change of Graduate Objective" form filed with the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Note that you must fulfill all prerequisites and requirements for each degree (up to 13 units from your first degree may be applied to your second degree if agreed to by your second degree program); and
  2. earn all units for each master's degree within the five calendar years immediately preceding the receipt of each degree.

If both degrees are in the same field (e.g., business administration), they each must be in a different option and all 45 or more units must be different.

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How can I pursue a second master's degree?

If you already have a master's degree and want to pursue a second master's degree, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. apply and gain admission to the department offering the second master's degree program;
  2. fulfill all prerequisites and requirements for the second degree;
  3. complete at least 32 units (32-39 in the Special Major, 35 in Public Administration, 39-41 in Multimedia, 59 in Counseling) in your second degree. Up to 13 units from your first degree may be applied to your second degree if accepted by your second degree program;
  4. earn all units for your second master's degree within the five calendar years immediately preceding the receipt of the degree.

If your second degree is in the same field as your first degree (e.g., business administration), the second degree must be in a different option and all 45 or more units must be different.

What is the Interdisciplinary Studies Major?

The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Studies Major and the Special Certificate programs is to allow students, with the advice and approval of knowledgeable faculty and administrators, to design their own academic programs tailored to their unique needs and interests.

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