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 two degree programs either together or consecutively.

DUAL DEGREE

  • Students completing a degree in another Faculty or School at Queen's may apply to a Dual Degree program which is one degree from their own faculty (primary plan) completed concurrently with a BA, BSC, or BCMP degree from the Faculty of Arts and Science (secondary plan). These programs combine a primary, full-time degree 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.

See the programs open for Dual Degree

SECOND DEGREE

  • Students who have a first degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science may apply to complete a Second Degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
  • Students registered in a degree program in Arts and Science may concurrently complete requirements for a second degree in Arts and Science, but cannot register in a second degree program until the first degree is conferred.
  • Students who have completed a degree in another Faculty or School at Queen's may apply to complete a Second Degree in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
  • Students with a degree from another accredited post-secondary institution may apply to complete a Second Degree at Queen's.

See second degree options

Dual Degrees

Dual Degree programs allow Queen’s Commerce, Applied Science and Nursing students to complete an Arts and Science General Degree concurrently as they are working towards the completion of their primary degree in their home Faculty/School. As noted in the Dual Degree Regulations, 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. Once a student is admitted into a Dual Degree, courses must be registered under the appropriate degree program and the appropriate fees paid. Arts and Science units completed prior to admission into a Dual Degree program will not be counted as Secondary units but can serve as Shared units.

Students must choose a Dual degree program/plan that is significantly different from their first degree program.   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 will not be 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/first degree program, there is too much overlap for the Dual Degree combination to be approved.  (Conditions in Academic Regulation 16 apply).

The Academic Viability Chart for students from other Faculties and Schools at Queen’s shows the Dual and Second Degree combinations that have been assessed and approved or disapproved to date.

How the Dual Degree Program Works

Each student’s Dual Degree Program consists of three types of units: shared, primary and secondary.  The shared and secondary units together must add up to the total number of units required for a BA, BSC or BCMP degree and include all of the plan requirements.

Shared units are registered under the Primary degree

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 are registered under the Primary Program but count toward both degrees.

Primary units are registered under the primary degree

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.

Secondary units are registered under the Arts and Science Degree

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.  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.

What’s possible?

Students may apply for a General (BA/BSc/BCMP) degree in one of the programs listed in the Available Dual Degree Options Chart below. Capacity to accept students in each degree Plan is allocated for one academic year at a time. If a degree Plan is not listed, it is not accepting applicants at this time. The Faculty of Arts and Science reserves the right to close (not accept students into) a particular degree Plan from one academic year to the next. If the general and departmental requirements are met, 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.  If additional space is not available, the applicant will need to apply for the subsequent academic year should the degree Plan still be accepting Dual Degree students.

Students may access distance (on-line) or on-campus courses. For some programs, all degree requirements may be met with the completion of online courses.

When can students apply?

Fall admission - April 2 to June 1;  
Winter admission – June 2 to December 1;
Summer admission - December 2 to April 1.  

No late applications will be accepted.

How do students apply?

Students apply through Undergraduate Admission, Gordon Hall. Applicants must pay a $100 application fee and complete the application found at this link: http://www.queensu.ca/admission/apply-universitycollege/current-queens-s...

General Admission requirements for Dual Degree Students

Please note that Departmental Admission thresholds may exceed these general requirements (Admission Regulation 6.1).

To be eligible, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  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 (some programs may have additional requirements that exceed this minimum);
  5. apply to and Arts and Science degree program in a substantially different Plan from that in their primary Degree Program;
  6. satisfy departmental criteria for admission to the Plan; and
  7. must meet high school prerequisites for Science and Computing degrees. Prerequisites may be met by university courses.

NOTE: Extenuating circumstances will not be considered. Admission thresholds and decisions cannot be appealed.

Available Dual Degree Plans for students whose Primary Program is from another Faculty or School at Queen's.

See the current programs available for dual degree

All marks listed are on the Queen's marking scale (click here for more information about the Queen's GPA).


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 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 Degrees on this page.

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 Academic Regulation 5).

Second Degrees

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, either on-campus or through distance studies.

Students must complete all course and degree requirements for the Second Degree program according to the Academic Regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Science. (See Academic Regulation 16 for degree requirements).

In order to be considered for admission to a second degree program the desired Second Degree Plan must have capacity to accept students and the combination of the first and Second Degree Plans must be academically viable, meaning the two degree Plans are significantly different.

Students must choose a Second degree program/plan that is significantly different from their first degree program. More than half of the units required for the program/plan may not be used (or accepted) in the first program/plan or the overlap is considered significant and the combination will not be 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/first degree program, there is too much overlap for the Dual Degree combination to be approved.  (Conditions in Academic Regulation 16 apply).

The additional courses for the second degree must all be completed at Queen’s and registered under the Arts and Science degree program, regardless of whether the first degree is from Queen’s or from another post-secondary institution.

Academic Viability Charts

The charts provided in the Academic Viability Section towards the end of this chapter provide information for known, academically viable, dual and second degree combinations. Please consult these charts to learn more about allowed and disallowed Plan combinations.

For Students whose first degree is from the Faculty of Arts and Science

How it works

Second Degree students whose first degree is from Queen’s may use up to a maximum of 60.0 transferable units from their first degree program toward their Second Degree program. When there are 60.0 transferable units from the first degree, a B.A.(Gen.), B.Cmp.(Gen.) or B.Sc.(Gen.) degree requires a minimum of 30.0 additional units; a B.A.(Hons.) degree requires a minimum of 54.0 additional units; a B.Cmp.(Hons.) or B.Sc.(Hons.) degree requires a minimum of 60.0 additional units; a B.Mus degree requires a minimum of 66.0 additional units.

Degree Combinations

A three-year General degree after a four-year Honours degree
With the completion of a minimum of 30.0 additional Queen’s units in a significantly different Plan from their Honours degree, students may obtain a General degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a four-year Honours degree. The two degree programs must be different.

Two three-year General degrees
With the completion of a minimum of 30.0 additional Queen’s units in a significantly different Plan from their first degree, students may obtain a BA degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a BSC General degree or a BSC degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a BA General degree. Students may not receive two BA degrees or two BSC degrees.

Two four-year Honours degrees
With the completion of a minimum of 54.0 additional Queen’s units in a significantly different Plan from their first degree, students admitted to the Second Degree Program prior to the Fall Term 2017 may obtain a B.A.(Hons.) degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a first four-year Honours degree. The first degree program may also be a B.A.(Hons.).

Students admitted to the Second Degree Program in the Fall Term 2017 and later must complete a Minimum of 60.0 additional Queen’s units in a significantly different Plan from their first degree to obtain a B.A. (Hons.) degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a firs four-year Honours degree.  The first degree program may also be a B.A.(Hons).

With the completion of a minimum of 60.0 additional Queen’s units in a significantly different Plan from their first degree, students may obtain a B.Sc.(Hons.) or B.Cmp.(Hons.) degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a first four-year Honours degree. The two degree programs may be the same.

In most cases students first complete the requirements and receive the degree for the program in which they are registered before applying for the Second Degree Program to complete the requirements for the second degree.  However, students may also complete the requirements for both degrees before applying to graduate and receive both degrees at the same time.

Students in the Faculty of Arts and Science who have completed the requirements for two degree programs simultaneously are not required to apply for admission to the Second Degree Program.  Such students may declare the second Program and Plan upon completion of all requirements and may receive both degrees together.

Second Degree – For students whose first degree is from another Academic Institution

Applicants in this category must have the equivalent of a minimum Queen's Cumulative GPA of 2.6 for most Plans to be considered for admission.  In addition, they must also satisfy departmental criteria that may exceed these minimums.  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.  Additionally, the Degree Plan requested must be accepting second degree students.

How it Works

Second Degree students whose first degree is from another post-secondary institution may use up to a maximum of 42.0 transferable units from the first degree toward a B.A.(Gen.), B.Cmp.(Gen.) or B.Sc.(Gen.) degree program, and up to a maximum of 57.0 transferable units from the first degree toward a B.A.(Hons.), B.Cmp.(Hons.), B.Sc.(Hons.) or B.Mus degree program. The additional units required will vary depending on the total number of units required for the second degree.

How to Apply to a Second Degree Program

Applicants may apply for a Summer or Fall term start.  See the Queen's Undergraduate Admission page.

General Admission Requirements for Second Degrees

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.

Students must have graduated in good standing and satisfy departmental criteria.

Students who wish to pursue a Second Degree in the B.MUS program must also meet specialized entry requirements, and the program must be accepting students to a second degree.


Plans with Capacity to accept second degree students in 2017-18


The chart below indicates the On-campus and Distance degree Plans with capacity to accept Second Degree applicants in the 2017-2018 academic year are listed below. If a degree Plan is not listed, it is at capacity and cannot accept Second Degree applicants. Students admitted to Distance Studies are limited to distance courses and distance degree Plans. Distance 3-year degrees may not upgrade their degree on campus. Distance 3-year General Degree Plans are in GREEN shading.

Biomedical Computing, Computing and Mathematics, Cognitive Sciences, Computing and Computing and Information Systems and Software Design admissions are for Summer term ONLY.

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

Academic Viability of Dual & Second Degree Combinations

Students must choose a Dual/Second degree program/plan that is significantly different from their first degree program.   If at least half of the required units in the Arts and Science program may be used in the primary or first degree program, the overlap is considered significant and the combination will not be 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/first degree program, there is too much overlap for the Dual (or Second) Degree combination to be approved.  (Conditions in Academic Regulation 16 apply.)

The Academic Viability Charts below list the degree combinations that have been assessed to date. If a combination of interest is not included in the charts below please book an academic advising appointment in the Faculty of Arts and Science to discuss the most up-to-date information regarding Dual or Second Degrees or to have a new combination assessed.

Due to space limitations not all allowed program/plan combinations in the charts below are available. To see which Arts and Science plans have capacity to accept students into Dual or Second Degree Plans see Available Dual Degree Plans in the DUAL DEGREES AT QUEEN’S section or Plans with capacity to accept Second Degree students in the SECOND DEGREE section depending on which type of degree you wish to pursue.

The first column, First Degree Program,in the viability charts lists the first degree Plan of the degree the student has or is about to complete. The second column, Allowed Programs and Plans, list dual/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 dual/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.

Academic Viability Charts - First degree is from another Faculty or School at Queen’s (DUAL or SECOND DEGREE)

First Degree is from School of Business

Primary Degree ProgramArts and Science Program and Plan Combinations
School of BusinessAllowed Program and PlansDisallowed Programs and Plans
Commerce

BAH APEC
BA ARTH
BA CLST
BCMP, BCMPH, COMP
BA, BAH ECON
BA FREN
BA GNDS
BA GEOL
BA GPHY
BA, BAH GRMN
BA HIST
BA ITLN
BA JWST
BA, BAH MATH
BA MUSC
BA PHIL
BA RELS
BA, BAH SOCY
BA, BAH SPAN
BA, BAH STAT
BSC, BSCH STAT

 

First Degree is from the School of Nursing

Primary Degree ProgramArts and Science Program and Plan Combinations
School of NursingAllowed Programs and PlansDisallowed Programs and Plans
Nursing

BSC BIOL
BA, BAH GNDS
BA, BAH GPHY
BA MUSC
BA, BAH PHIL
BA, BAH SOCY
BA, BAH CHEM

BA, BAH HLTH
BSC, BSCH LISC

First Degree is from the Faculty of Applied Science

Primary Degree ProgramArts and Science Program and Plan Combinations (Plans that have been assessed)
Faculty of Engineering and Applied ScienceAllowed Programs and PlansDisallowed Programs and Plans
Chemical EngineeringBA, BAH ARTH
BSCH BCHM
BSCH BIOL
BA, BAH CLST
BA, BCMP, BCMPH COMP
BA, BAH DEVS
BA, BAH ECON
BA, BAH ENGL
BSCH ENSC
BSC, BSCH GPHY
BSCH GEOL
BA, BAH GMST
BA HIST
BSC KINE
BSCH MAJ MATH
BSCH STAT
BA, BAH MUSC
BA, BAH PSYC

BA, BSC, BSCH CHEM
BSC BCHM
BCMPH CSCI
BA, BSC MATH
BA ENVS
BSC, BSCH LISC
BA, BSC STAT

Civil EngineeringBA, BAH ARTH
BSC, BSCH BIOL
BSC, BSCH CHEM
BA, BCP, BCH COMP
BCMPH CSCI
BA, BAH CLST
BA, BAH DEVS
BA, BAH ECON
BSCH ENSC
BA GPHY
BA GMST
BA HIST
BSC, BSCH LISC
BSCH MATH
BA MUSC
BA PHIL
BA, BSC BSCH PHYS
BCMPH SODE
BSCH STAT
BA, BSC MATH
BA, BSC STAT
Computer Engineering
(CMP1 or CMP2 Option)
BSC, BSCH BCHM
BSC, BSCH CHEM
BCMPH COGS
BA, BAH DEVS
BA, BAH ECON
BSC, BSCH ENSC
BSC, BSCH GEOL
BSC, BSCH GPHY
BA GRMN
BA HIST
BA LING
BSC, BSCH LISC
BSCH MATH
BA MUSC
BSCH PHYS
BA, BSC, BCMPH SODE
BA, BCMP COMP
BCMPH COMP
BCMPH CSCI
BSC MATH
BSC PHYS
BSCH MED PHYS
Electrical EngineeringBSC, BSCH BCHM
BA, BSC, BSCH BIOL
BA, BAH DEVS
BA, BAH ECON
BA GMST
BA MUSC
BCMPH SODE
BSCH PHYS
BA, BCMP COMP
BCMPH COMP
BA, BSC MATH
BSC PHYS
BA, BSC STAT
Engineering ChemistryBSCH BCHM
BA GMST
BA BIOL
BA DEVS
BAH DRAM
BSCH MATH
BA MUSC
BA PHIL
BA, BAH POLS
BSC BCHM
BSC, BSCH CHEM
BSC, BSCH LISC
BA, BSC MATH
BSC BIOL
Engineering PhysicsBAH APEC
BCMPH COMP (*except with COMP Option)
BA, BAH DEVS
BA ECON
BSC GEOL
BA GMST
BA HIST
BA, BAH MUSC
BA, BAH PHIL
BA LANG
BA, BSC MATH
BA, BSC, BSCH PHYS
Engineering Physics
(Computing Option)
BAH APEC
BA, BAH DEVS
BA GMST
BA, BCMP, BCMPH COMP
Engineering Physics
(Electrical Option)
BSC CHEM
BCMP, BA, BCMPH COMP, BCMPH CSCI
BA, BAH DEVS
 
Engineering Physics
(Mechanical Option)
BSC CHEM
BCMP, BA, BCMPH COMP
BA, BAH DEVS
 
Geological Engineering

BSC, BSCH BIOL
BA, BAH DEVS
BA, BAH ECON
BA, BSCH ENSC
BA MUSC
BCP, CISC
BSCH MATH
BSCH PHYS
BA, BSC PHYS (*not with Geophysics Option)

BSC GEOL
BSCH GEOL
Mathematics and EngineeringBSCH ASPH
BA, BAH CLST
BA, BAH DEVS
BA, BAH ECON
BA FILM
BA, BAH FREN
BA, BAH GMST
BA HIST
BA MUSC
BA, BAH PHIL
BA PHYS
BA, BSC, BSCH PHYS (*except with Applied Mech Sub Plan)
BA, BAH LANG
BCMP COMP
BA, BAH MATH
BSC, BSCH MATH
Mathematics and Engineering
(Computing and Communications Option)
BCMPH BMCO
BA, BAH DEVS
BA COMP
BCMP COMP
BCMPH COMP
Mathematics and Engineering
(Mechanical Option)

BCMPH CSCI
BA COMP, BSC COMP, BCH BMCO, BCH COCA, BCH COGS, BCH SODE
BCMPH COMP, BCMP COMP,
BA, BAH DEVS

BA, BSC PHYS
BCH COMA
Mathematics and Engineering
(Robotics Option)
BCMP COMP 
Mechanical EngineeringBSC, BSCH BCHM
BCMPH BMCO
BSCH CHEM
BA CLST
BCMPH COGS
BA, BCMP, BCMPH COMP
BA, BAH DEVS
BA, BAH ECON
BA, BSC, BSCH GEOL
BSC, BSCH LISC
BA MUSC
BSCH PHYS
BCMPH SODE
BSC BIOL
BSC CHEM
BA, BSC PHSY
Mining EngineeringBSCH CHEM
BA CLST
BA, BCMP, BCMPH COMP
BA, BAH DEVS
BA ECON
BSC GEOL
BA MUSC
BA, BSC PHYS
BA, BSC CHEM

Academic Viability Charts - First degree is Arts and Science at Queen's or another Academic Institution

First degree is a BA or BAH

First Degree ProgramAllowed Programs and PlansDisallowed Programs and Plans
BA Art HistoryBFAH Fine Art 
BAH Art HistoryBFAH Fine Art 
BAH Computing and the Creative ArtsBCMPH Biomedical Computing 
BAH SociologyBAH Music 
BAH EnglishBAH Classics 
BA MathematicsBCMP Computing
BSC Geology
 
BAH PsychologyBAH Sociology
BAH Linguistics
 
BA Health Studies BSC Life Sciences
BA SOCYBAH ECON
BAH GNDS
 

First degree is a BSC or BSCH

First Degree ProgramAllowed Programs and PlansDisallowed Programs and Plans
BSC, BSCH BiochemistryBCMPH Biomedical Computing
BA Mathematics
BA, BSHC Biology
BA Mathematics
BSCH BiologyBSCH Geography
BSCH Mathematics
BSCH Biochemistry
BA Environmental Science
BSCH SSP EGPY
BSCH Life Sciences
BSCH SSP Mathematics (if supporting program is Biology)
BCMPH ComputingBSCH MathematicsBA Mathematics
BA Statistics
BSCH SSP Environmental Science and Life Sciences BA Geography
BSCH GeographyBA Economics 
BSC Life SciencesBA PhysicsBA Biology
BSCH Biochemistry
BSCH Life Sciences

BAH Psychology
BCMPH Biomedical Computing
BCMPH Software Design
BSCH Mathematics

BA, BSCH Psychology
BSCH PhysicsBSCH MathematicsBA Mathematics
BSCH PsychologyBAH LinguisticsBA Health

First degree is a BCMP, BCMPH

First Degree ProgramAllowed Programs and PlansDisallowed Programs and Plans
BCMPH ComputingBA Mathematics
BCMPH Cognitive Science
BA Computing and Information Science
BCMPH Computer ScienceBAH Computing and the Creative ArtsBA Computing and Information Science
BA Mathematics
BSC Mathematics
BA Statistics
BSC Statistics
BCMPH Biomedical ComputingBSHC Mathematics
BCMPH Cognitive Science
BA, BSC Biology
BSCH Life Sciences

First degree is a BFA, BFAH, or BMUS

First Degree ProgramAllowed Programs and PlansDisallowed Programs and Plans
BFA Fine ArtBAH Art HistoryBA Art History
BFAH Fine Art BA, BAH Art History


Accelerated & Combined Programs

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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;
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