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Second and Succeeding Master's Degrees and Second Majors - Master's Degrees

POLICY SOURCE: Graduate Policies - 01 Masters Policies POLICY NO: 4874
SUPERCEDES: 3524
TITLE: Second and Succeeding Master's Degrees and Second Majors - Master's Degrees SUBMITTED BY: Liz Fox
DATE: August 14, 2020 APPROVED BY: Liz Fox

 

Effective Date Jul 18, 2013

Second and Succeeding Master’s Degrees and Second Majors - Master’s Degrees

(Graduate Policy 1.8)

Definitions (Rev. 8/14/2020)

(Graduate Policy 1.8.1)

A second or succeeding degree is defined as a degree with a different official title from any master’s degree awarded at Florida Tech, as recorded on the student's transcript. This definition applies equally whether awarded concurrent with or subsequent to the first degree.

A second major is defined as two master’s level academic majors (e.g. physics and mathematics), concentrations, or specializations pursued under the same academic degree (e.g. M.S. or MBA). A student may earn a second major to be listed on the transcript concurrent to the completion of their first major. 

Multiple Degrees

(Graduate Policy 1.8.2)

To receive a second or subsequent master’s degree a student must fulfill all the requirements of graduate policy, as well as those of the academic unit in which the student is enrolled. With the approval of the academic unit head, up to 9 credits (non-thesis or non-design project formal coursework) applied to the first degree may be used to satisfy the requirements of the second or subsequent degree. The academic unit head will decide, on a per-course basis, the applicability of each course based on the comparability of course learning objectives to be applied to the second or subsequent program.

Before the student can be admitted to the new program, a new program plan including those courses carried over from the first degree must be approved by the academic unit head of the program in which the student wishes to enroll.

Second Majors - Master's Degrees

(Graduate Policy 1.8.3)

Students matriculated in a master’s degree program may add a second major to their academic degree plan upon approval of their academic unit head.  Common courses in each major need not be repeated but all other major and academic unit requirements would need to be satisfied.  If required for one or more of the majors, students would complete a thesis or capstone in only one of the academic majors.  For non-thesis/capstone degrees, only one Final Program Examination is required.  The degree would be awarded upon completion of both majors, unless one major was removed from the program plan. 

Students are not permitted to add a second major to an already conferred degree.