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Dual, Concurrent & Second Degrees

The workplace is a competitive landscape but with the ability to add a dual degree or second degree to your resume you will have no worries navigating your way to a great career.

The Dual Degree and Second Degree Programs allow students to complete degrees from two different Faculties or Schools at Queen’s University. The program combines a primary or full-time degree program in the Queen’s School of Business, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering or the School of Nursing, with a  degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Dual Degrees at Queen's

A Dual Degree allows Queen’s Commerce, Applied Science and Nursing students to complete an Arts and Science General degree (only) concurrently as they are working towards the completion of their primary degree in their home Faculty/School.  

Important Things to Know:

  • Dual Degree students must meet the unit requirements of the Arts and Science degree Plan in which they are registered as well as those of their primary degree in their home Faculty/School.
  • All units required for the Arts and Science degree Plan must be completed at Queen’s.
  • Completion of a Dual Degree typically takes an additional year to complete both degrees.
  • Students who are interested in such a program are encouraged to speak with an advisor in their home faculty about when they have elective space to take courses for a dual degree so they can plan courses accordingly.  Many courses that support a Dual Degree are offered in the Summer through Arts and Science Online studies.

What are the admission requirements?

The general admission requirements are below.  Students must meet all of the criteria.  Please note departmental admission averages may exceed these requirements:

  1. have Full-Time status in their home Faculty or School;
  2. have completed the equivalent of at least 24.0 units (or 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;
  3. have been in good academic standing in their home Faculty or School throughout their Undergraduate Career at Queen’s;
  4. have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.60;
  5. apply to an Arts and Science degree program in a substantially different Plan from that in their primary Degree Program; and
  6. satisfy departmental criteria for admission to the Plan. The student will be discontinued from the Dual Degree program.

How do I apply?

Applicants may apply for a Dual Degree program for a Fall, Winter or Summer start through Undergraduate Admission.  The application requirements and process are described on the Undergraduate Admission webpage.

Please note: students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  That is, students who apply for the Fall term are considered and may be accepted in advance of students who apply for the Winter and Summer terms.  There is a defined capacity in each degree Plan for each academic year and spaces may be taken before the Winter or Summer application periods. 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.

Each student’s Dual Degree Program consists of three types of units: shared, primary and secondary.  In addition, Dual Degree students must meet the unit requirements of the Arts and Science Plan in which they are registered. 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. 

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.  Shared units may count towards the Arts and Science Plan.

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.

In addition to the shared units, students must complete a further 30.0 secondary units to reach the minimum overall total required for the secondary, Arts and Science, Degree Program.  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.

All class and degree requirements for the secondary program must be completed according to the regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Science.  Secondary units may count towards the Arts and Science Plan.

Second Degrees at Queen's

The Second Degree Program allows the holder of an undergraduate degree from Queen’s or from another university to complete a second undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science, subject to the Arts and Science either on-campus or through distance studies

How it works?

Two requirements must each be met for a student to pursue a Second Degree. First, the desired second degree Plan must have capacity to accept students. Second, the combination of the first and second degree Plans must be academically viable, meaning the two degree Plans are significantly different.

Applicants must apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) for admission to on-campus study to the Faculty of Arts and Science.  See Undergraduate Admission for more details. Applicants must meet the Faculty minimums and satisfy appropriate departmental criteria that may exceed these minimums. Enrolment limitations or lack of prerequisites may result in the denial of an admission.

What's Possible?

On-campus and Distance degree Plans with capacity to accept Second Degree applicants for the 2014-2015 academic year are listed below. If a degree Plan is not listed, it is at capacity and cannot accept Second Degree applicants. Degree Plans with limited space (5-10 spots) are in BOLD. Programs with higher than standard admission averages are in italics. Distance degree Plans and 3-year degrees are listed in Red. Students admitted to Distance Studies are limited to distance courses and distance degree Plans.

To inquire about specific admission requirements, contact Undergraduate Admission for on-campus admission and Continuing and Distance Studies for distance campus admission.

Humanities
Social Sciences
Creative Arts
Physical & Mathematical
Sciences
Natural & Life Sciences
Art HistoryCognitive SciencesMusic
(BA, BAH,BMUS)
AstrophysicsBiomedical Computing
Classical StudiesEconomics Chemistry 
English Language & Literature (3-year Degree)*Gender Studies Computing 
French StudiesGeography Computing and Mathematics 
GreekPsychology
(3-year degree)*
 Geography 
German Studies
Sociology Geology 

 History (honours degree on-campus)

History (3-year degree)*

  Mathematics 
Indigenous Studies*  Mathematical Physics 
Italian*  Software Design 
Jewish Studies*  Statistics 
Latin  Physics 
Medieval Studies*    
Philosophy    
Religious Studies    
Spanish    
Spanish & Latin American Studies*    
World Languages*    

*   reflects Plans that are offered only as 3-year General Degree Plans.

Academic Viability

The links below provide charts of second degree combinations.  The first column lists the first degree Plan of the degree the student has or about to complete. The second column, Allowed Programs and Plans, list second degree combinations that have been assessed as academically viable because of the low degree of overlap between the first degree program and the specific Arts and Science Plan.  The third column, Disallowed Programs and Plans, lists the second degree combinations that are not academically viable due to significant overlap between the first degree program and the specific Faculty of Arts and Science Plan.

Applicants whose first degree is from the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen'smust have graduated in good standing and satisfy departmental criteria.  (Students who wish to pursue a Second Degree in the B.F.A. (Hons.) or B.MUS programs must also meet specialized entry requirements.)

Applicants whose first degree is from another Faculty or School at Queen's must have graduated in good standing and have a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.6 for Full-time admission or 1.90 for Part-time admission.  Note that some departmental criteria may exceed these minimums.

Applicants who first degree is from another university must have the equivalent of a minimum Queen's Cumulative GPA of 2.6 for most Plans to be considered for Full-time admission, and 2.60 for Part-time admission to most Plans.  In addition, they must also satisfy departmental criteria that may exceed these minimum.  In all cases, admission to a Second Degree is only possible when the applicant's first degree is from an accredited post-secondary institution and in a substantially different Plan from the proposed Second Degree.

Accelerated & Combined Programs

Add depth and focus to your degree through one of our innovative programs in less time than traditional timelines – a true competitive advantage.

Bachelor of Music Degree (BMus)/Music and Digital Media (MDM) Diploma Program
Combine your passion for music and digital technology; your need for theory and performance with practical skill and experience. A match between Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College; students in this unique 4+1 model will graduate with a BMus Degree and an MDM Diploma in five years.

There are three easy steps to apply:

  1. Apply to Queen’s BMus degree program through OUAC;
  2. Book and complete a successful audition at the Queen’s School of Music;
  3. Upon receiving an offer of admission for the BMus program, complete a program application form for St. Lawrence College.

Learn more about the BMus / MDM program >

Geography and Urban & Regional Planning (Accelerated BA / BSc + MPL)
Combine your undergraduate degree and your master’s degree in this 4+1 option. It’s a fast-track to your profession in urban and regional planning in less time. A competitive advantage for geography students wanting to work in urban planning, GIS, transportation, environmental studies, social planning, government and consultation. A natural, practical fit.

Graduate Diploma in Business
This program is designed for you - for any Queen’s graduate of non-business programs. Complete a yearlong program in only 4 months beginning in May. A perfect way to round out your Arts and Science Degree in a short period of time. Credits earned for this diploma also represent a credit toward a Queen’s MBA degree; as well as many are eligible for credit in other Queen’s School of Business Master’s degree programs.

 

Concurrent Education

Concurrent Education at Queen’s is a five-year program that prepares secondary school graduates who are passionate about teaching and learning to become educators who are caring, critically reflective and dedicated to inclusivity, social justice, collaboration and leadership. Our Con-Ed graduates are in high demand by school boards. Basically it's two degrees at the same time: Bachelor’s in Arts, Science, or Music (Queen's) + a Bachelor of Education (Queen’s).

Highlights:

  • Students who are in year one in 2015-16 will complete the extended program in their final year in 2019-20, which consists of one extra summer term at the end of the BEd year.
  • Approximately 225 students selected to the Queen's program annually.
  • For both Primary-Junior (K - Grade 6) and Intermediate-Senior (Grades 7 - 12).
  • Students complete introductory teaching courses and placements in schools in both a Primary-Junior and in an Intermediate-Senior setting in year 1, and then decide on their preferred option.
  • In addition to placements in years 1, 2 and 3, candidates complete 13 weeks of placements in year 5. This includes an alternative practicum that can be done outside a school setting and anywhere in the world as long as it is related to the program.

Learn more about Concurrent Education >

 

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