A single Michigan Technological University bachelor's degree with two majors is granted when all requirements of both majors are satisfied at the same time. A student who completes a double major will be awarded one diploma listing both majors, for example, "Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an Additional Major in Mathematics."
- The double major is distinctly different from the second degree. Majoring in two subjects does not require additional credit hours beyond departmental requirements and only a single degree is granted. Double majors work best for degree programs with similar curricular structures. When two majors have very different requirements necessitating the completion of 32 or more "additional" credits, students should consider a second degree program that results in the awarding of two distinct baccalaureate degrees and diplomas.
- A student pursuing a double major will designate one as the primary major. Students planning to earn a double major should declare both majors and begin planning their course work as early as possible. Advisors must be identified in the departments of both majors in order to assure that the degree requirements of both are met.
- Students may only earn an additional major if that major is offered under the same degree type (Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts) as the primary major. If the degree types for the majors are different then the student must pursue a second degree.
- If a single department offers two distinct majors, it is possible to complete a double major within that department by fulfilling the requirements for both majors. However, student may not earn a double concentration or option within a single major.
- In the event that both majors require a senior project, a student may petition both departments to accept one project for both majors prior to beginning the senior project.
- Students who have previously been awarded a degree cannot have the double major designation added to their transcript.
Students desiring a double major should indicate their intent by filing a Curriculum Add/Drop Form (available in the department advising office) complete with signature from the academic advisor for the additional department with the Registrar's Office.
A student enrolled at Michigan Tech who is currently pursuing (or already has) a baccalaureate degree or degrees can obtain an additional baccalaureate degree from Michigan Tech. Students must initiate the process for obtaining an additional degree by completing a degree audit with their additional degree advisor. Unlike a double major, an additional baccalaureate degree (or degrees) will grant the student an entirely separate diploma.
A student enrolled at Michigan Tech and pursuing a baccalaureate degree can earn an additional baccalaureate degree or degrees at the same time if they:
- Satisfy the degree requirements for each baccalaureate program.
- Earn at least 32 of the credit hours required for each additional degree through Michigan Tech without having applied those credits to any other baccalaureate or minor degree program. The academic unit offering the additional degree can allow course substitutions provided that the 32 credit hour minimum is maintained.
A student interested in pursuing an additional degree should first express interest to the additional degree's department. The student must complete a Curriculum Add/Drop Form, have the academic advisor sign it, and submit it to the Registrar's Office.
An enrolled student who already has earned a baccalaureate degree (either from Michigan Tech or from a regionally accredited institution of higher education) can obtain an additional baccalaureate degree from Michigan Tech if they:
- Satisfy the degree requirements for the additional baccalaureate program.
- Earn at least 32 of the credit hours required for the additional degree through Michigan Tech without having applied those credits to any other baccalaureate or minor degree program. The academic unit offering the additional degree can allow course substitutions provided that the 32 credit hour minimum is maintained.
A student who has obtained a prior baccalaureate degree must complete an Additional Baccalaureate Degree Completion Form with an academic advisor from the degree-granting department.
Accelerated Master's Programs
Undergraduate students may pursue a master’s degree in conjunction with their baccalaureate degree by applying a limited number of credits toward both the master’s and bachelor’s degrees using the following student guidelines:
- Only students who intend to complete both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Michigan Tech can enroll in an accelerated master’s program.
- Students already enrolled in a graduate program may not retroactively use this policy.
- In order to be formally accepted into an accelerated master’s program students must apply to and be accepted into the Graduate School at Michigan Tech. Applications will be reviewed by departments and programs according to their normal procedure.
- Students can apply for admission to an accelerated master’s program at any time after they attain sophomore-level class standing and up until they are awarded their bachelor’s degree.
- Only students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above are eligible to enter an accelerated master’s program. Programs may set higher admission requirements. For example, programs may require a cumulative GPA of 3.5 for admission to a research-based (thesis or report option) master’s program.
- Students who are accepted to the program will not be allowed to continue if their cumulative undergraduate GPA falls below 3.0. A higher GPA may be required by the program.
- Students must consult with their academic advisor and the Graduate School regarding restrictions on the use of coursework and research credits under the accelerated master’s degree policy prior to enrollment in any courses intended to be used toward the master’s degree. A maximum of six credits may be double-counted toward the bachelor's and master's degrees.
- Students will be considered undergraduates for the purposes of financial aid, tuition, and class standing until their undergraduate degree has been awarded. Once students are awarded their undergraduate degree, they will be considered graduate students for the purposes of financial aid and tuition.
- Students who are accepted into an accelerated master’s degree program may also take courses under the senior rule policy. Students must consult the graduate program regarding the number of senior rule courses that may be used toward an accelerated master's degree.
- Additional information for academic departments may be found in the accelerated master’s University Senate degree policy.
The Graduate School maintains a list of programs that are currently available as an accelerated program.
Change Your Academic Program
Undergraduate students considering a change of major should initially contact the prospective major department for information regarding restrictions or requirements for being admitted into that department. All changes are recorded on the Curriculum Add/Drop form, available in the department academic advising offices. The student must complete the form, have it signed by the appropriate academic advisor, and submit it to the Registrar’s Office before Wednesday of the second week of instruction to be effective for that semester. Curriculum changes received after that time will be effective for the following semester.
In addition to changing a primary major, the Curriculum Add/Drop form can be used to add, drop, or change a concentration, minor, a double major, or a second degree. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Education is an important and required component of every Michigan Tech degree. Michigan Tech's General Education program enables all students, regardless of major, to develop an understanding of science and the social and cultural contexts of our contemporary world. Please visit Michigan Tech's General Education page for additional information.