1 – Dual Degree Program
The Dual Degree Program allows students to complete degrees from two different Faculties or Schools concurrently at Queen’s University, subject to the following regulations. These regulations are designed in conformity with the Senate's Policy on Second Degrees.
The program combines a primary or full-time degree program in the Faculty of Applied Science, Schools of Business or School of Nursing, with a secondary or part-time degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science. The Dual Degree Program normally takes five or more years to complete, and students are strongly recommended to familiarize themselves with the regulations and to seek regular academic advising.
The Faculty has limited capacity to accommodate Dual Degree students, and only accepts candidates into dual degree combinations that are academically viable. To ensure the academic integrity of the Dual Degree Program the Faculty Office, in consultation with the Department(s) concerned, approves combinations to ensure that there is minimal overlap in course content. Current information on departmental capacity and academically viable dual degree combinations is available on the Arts and Science website.
Admission requirements are available from Undergraduate Admission. Enrolment limitations or lack of appropriate prerequisites may result in the denial of an application.
1.1 – Admission Requirements
To be eligible, students must meet all of the following criteria:
(i) have the equivalent of Arts and Science full-time standing in their home Faculty or School;
(ii) have completed the equivalent of at least 8 one-term courses (where a one-term course is equivalent to a typical 3.0-unit course in Arts and Science) in their home Faculty or School;
(iii) have been in good academic standing in their home Faculty or School throughout their Undergraduate Career at Queen’s; NOTE: “Good academic standing” is defined as having no academic sanction imposed in the student’s home Faculty or School. Such sanctions in the home Faculty or School may include “Special Programs” noted on the student’s record that result from previous poor performance, academic probation, or a requirement to withdraw.
(iv) have a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.90;
(v) apply to an Arts and Science Degree Program in a substantially different Plan from that in their primary Degree Program; and
(vi) satisfy departmental criteria for admission to the Plan.
Departmental approval for the Plan requested in the secondary program, and Arts and Science approval of the combined programs are required. Enrolment is limited in some degree Programs and Plans. The minimum GPA required for admission to some Degree Programs and Plans may vary from year to year, depending on the size and strength of the applicant pool.
1.2 – Program Requirements
Each student’s Dual Degree Program consists of three types of units: shared, primary and secondary. Furthermore, Dual Degree students must meet the unit requirements of the Arts and Science Plan in which they are registered.
While the number of shared units that may count towards both Degree Programs is fixed at a maximum of 60.0, the number of additional primary and secondary units necessary will vary according to the degree requirements in each Faculty or School and Degree Program and Plan.
1.2.1 –Shared Units
Students may count a maximum of 60.0 shared units towards both Degree Programs. Shared units include those normally acceptable for credit in the Faculty of Arts and Science. (See Degree Programs in Arts and Science for restrictions on classes that may transfer to an Arts and Science degree.) Shared units may count towards the Arts and Science Plan.
1.2.2 – Primary Units
In addition to the shared units, students must complete further primary units to reach the minimum overall total required for the primary Degree Program. All class and degree requirements for the primary program must be completed according to the regulations of that Faculty or School. (See the regulations of the relevant Faculty or School for details.)
1.2.3 – Secondary Units
In addition to the shared units, students must complete further secondary units to reach the minimum overall total required for the secondary, Arts and Science, Degree Program. All class and degree requirements for the secondary program must be completed according to the regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Science. (See especially Academic Regulation 16 for degree requirements.) Secondary units may count towards the Arts and Science Plan.
All secondary units must be completed at the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University. They may not be transferred from another post-secondary institution or from the primary Faculty or School at Queen’s. Dual Degree students must register all secondary units with the Faculty of Arts and Science and pay the appropriate fees.
The number of secondary units required depends on the total minimum number of units required for the completion of the degree.
126.96.36.199 – Secondary Units for General degrees
The total number of Arts and Science units required for a B.A.(Gen.), B.Sc.(Gen.), B.Cmp.(Gen.), B.F.A.(Gen.) or B.P.H.E.(Gen.) degree is 90.0, comprising up to 60.0 shared units and a minimum of 30.0 secondary units completed in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s.
188.8.131.52 – Secondary Units for the B.A.(Hons.) degree
The total number of Arts and Science units required for a B.A.(Hons.) degree is 114.0, comprising up to 60.0 shared units and a minimum of 54.0 secondary secondary units completed in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s.
184.108.40.206 – Secondary Units for the B.Sc.(Hons.), B.Cmp.(Hons.), B.F.A.(Hons.), B.P.H.E.(Hons.) degrees
The total number of Arts and Science units required for a B.Sc.(Hons.), B.Cmp.(Hons.), B.F.A.(Hons.) or B.P.H.E.(Hons.) degree is 120.0, comprising up to 60.0 shared units and a minimum of 60.0 secondary units completed in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s.
220.127.116.11 – Secondary Units for the B.Mus. degree
The total number of Arts and Science units required for a B.Mus. degree is 129.0, comprising up to 60.0 shared units and a minimum of 69.0 secondary units completed in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s.
1.2.4 – Plan Units
The units required for the Arts and Science Plan may be shared units, or secondary units, or a combination of both.
1.3 – Credit Registration
Once a student is enrolled in a Dual Degree Program, class units must be registered under the appropriate Degree Program and the appropriate fees paid for these classes. During the class selection and add/drop periods, students should use the Student Centre to register for classes under the appropriate Degree Program.
Specifically, all shared units and primary units must be registered under the primary program, while all secondary units necessary to complete the Arts and Science degree must be registered under the Arts and Science program.
If classes for the secondary unit component of the Dual Degree are not registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science they will not be allowed to contribute to that degree requirement. The student will need to complete further classes registered under the Arts and Science program in order to fulfill the secondary unit requirement.
1.4 – Program Restrictions
In addition to restrictions based on the Faculty’s limited capacity to accommodate Dual Degree students, the following academic restrictions apply.
Students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science are not permitted to register in a degree combination consisting of two programs within the Faculty, including direct-entry programs. Arts and Science students wishing to complete two degrees should consult the Second Degree Program section of this chapter.
Students may be refused admission to a particular Dual Degree Program combination if it is not academically viable, that is, if there is significant overlap in the two programs. If at least half of the required units in the Arts and Science program may be used in the primary Degree Program, the overlap is considered significant and the combination is not approved. For example, a B.Sc.(Gen.) Degree Program requires 90.0 units, of which 48.0 are Plan units. If 24.0 or more of the 48.0 Plan units are required (or may be used) in the primary Degree Program, there is too much overlap for the Dual Degree combination to be approved. Conditions in Academic Regulation 16 apply.
Because the Dual Degree Program consists of two Degree Programs taken concurrently, students in the concurrent Education program may not apply for an additional Degree Program.
1.5 – Application Process
Students must apply to the Dual Degree Program through Undergraduate Admission.
1.6 – Change of Dual Degree Combination
Students are admitted to specific Dual Degree Program combinations. To change a secondary program or Plan a student must submit an application to Undergraduate Admission.
Dual Degree students who complete the secondary (Arts and Science) degree prior to completing the primary degree, and subsequently wish to complete another degree in Arts and Science must submit an application through Undergraduate Admission for another Dual Degree combination.
Dual Degree students who complete both degrees and subsequently wish to complete another degree in Arts and Science are then considered to be Second Degree students, and should follow the regulations described under Second Degree Program in this chapter.
1.7 – Withdrawal from a Dual Degree Program
Students admitted to a Dual Degree Program who no longer wish to complete the program may inform Undergraduate Admission in writing of their intent to withdraw.
Dual Degree students who are required to withdraw from their primary Degree Program and who wish to continue studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science will need to apply for admission to Arts and Science through
Undergraduate Admission and will be subject to the same Plan limitations as all transfer students (see Admission Regulation 5).