Dual Degree Programs Overview

Dual degree programs provide a range of benefits to the institution and to participating students, including

  • enhancing the educational and research opportunities within the university’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs;
  • attracting high-achieving and highly motivated students to the university;
  • providing students with complementary preparation for a variety of career opportunities;
  • enabling accelerated completion of multiple degrees, saving students time and money; and
  • facilitating programmatic interaction across departments and colleges.

Program Types:

Dual programs take two general forms:

  • Dual undergraduate/graduate programs (commonly called 4+1, 3+2, or accelerated programs) enable admitted undergraduate students to begin taking specified graduate courses during their senior year and count the coursework toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree. Current examples include the BS Physics/MAT-Science Education and BA/JD.
  • Dual graduate programs enable admitted students to use specified coursework from one graduate or professional degree program to also count toward another program. Current examples include the MBA/JD, MA-Political Science/MIB).

Students in dual programs are enrolled in each degree program either concurrently or in close succession. Dual degrees may, therefore, be awarded at the same time, or one degree may be awarded prior to the second.

Program Level Requirements & Student Financial Factors:

  • Undergraduate students in dual undergraduate/graduate programs pay tuition at the undergraduate rate regardless of the course level. Undergraduate financial aid (e.g., HOPE, Pell, SEOG) can be used toward specified graduate-level courses under these circumstances.
  • Graduate students in dual undergraduate/graduate programs pay tuition at the graduate or professional rate regardless of the course level. They are eligible for other sources of financial aid, including graduate assistantships and tuition waivers.
  • Students in dual graduate programs may be enrolled concurrently in two graduate or professional programs. In such cases, if the rate of tuition and fees for one program exceeds that of the other, the rates for all coursework will be set at the higher amount.

Grade-Point Average:

The university calculates a variety of official grade-point averages, several of which are relevant to tracking the progress of dual degree students.

  • Undergraduate Institutional GPA: includes all course work taken at Georgia State while an undergraduate, regardless of the course level. In other words, graduate-level course work taken as an undergraduate will be included in the Undergraduate Institutional GPA and not the Graduate Institutional GPA. Transferred courses are not included in this GPA calculation.
  • Graduate Institutional GPA: includes all graduate-level course work taken at Georgia State while a graduate student. Therefore, graduate-level course work taken as an undergraduate would not be included in the Graduate Institutional GPA. Transferred courses are not included in this GPA calculation.
  • Program GPA: includes all course work that fulfills the requirements of a specific degree program (as recorded in the university academic evaluation system), whether taken as an undergraduate or graduate student. In other words, the Program GPA would provide a measure of achievement in either of the two degree programs that make up a dual program. Repeated attempts and other coursework taken but not applicable to the degree program are not included in this GPA calculation. The Program GPA does not appear on the student’s transcript.