Dual Degree Program

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The Boston University Dual Degree Program (formerly called the BU Collaborative Degree Program, or BUCOP) permits qualified undergraduates to enroll in two of the University’s schools or colleges and earn two baccalaureate degrees simultaneously. The program has become a popular option with students whose professional goals can be met by acquiring two degrees, as well as with students who have strong academic interests in disciplines that are based in two different colleges.

The program is a demanding one, requiring a substantial commitment on the part of the student. To be eligible for enrollment in the program, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00; this level of performance must be maintained for the duration of the program. At least 144 credits must be earned in no fewer than 36 courses (as opposed to the 128 credits and 32 courses normally required for the baccalaureate). This is the equivalent of nine semesters of coursework. Students may be required to go beyond the 144-credit minimum in order to meet both sets of degree requirements. Some Dual Degree students enroll in summer courses, use AP credit, and/or overload to ensure that they graduate with their class.

Students may apply for admission to the Dual Degree Program no earlier than the first semester of their sophomore year and no later than the end of the first semester of their junior year. Students whose primary school is the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) are advised that residence requirements vary in the other colleges of the University. Prospective Dual Degree students are urged to consult with the Dual Degree coordinators in the relevant colleges at their earliest opportunity for details on residency policies and other degree requirements.