Dual Degree

A very small number of students choose to complete a Dual Degree.

While it often sounds good at first, pursuing a dual degree is not for everyone.

On the plus side, it allows you to study two disciplines in depth and to benefit from completing all of the requirements of two of BU’s undergraduate schools.

On the minus side, it requires more credits than a single degree, which usually translates into more time at BU and greater expense. In addition, squeezing the requirements for two full degrees into your college years can mean sacrificing time for other things—academic exploration, minors, work or internship experiences, extracurricular activities that might bring joy, community, and leadership experience. It’s a good idea to talk these trade-offs through with advisors from both programs before making a decision.

There are a lot of logistics involved in completing a Dual Degree Program, so be sure to review the full policy in the Bulletin before embarking on one.

The Dual Degree Program requires completion of at least (but usually more than) 40 classes, or 160 credits, three semesters of enrollment in the Dual Degree Program, and good academic standing,. Only eight courses of summer work may be applied.

To enroll in a Dual Degree Program, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be accepted by both schools. In addition, most schools have gateway criteria that must be satisfied.