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2010-2011 Academic Year

Arts and Science Dual and Second Degrees II Second Degree Program


II Second Degree Program
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 following regulations. These regulations are designed in conformity with the Senate's Policy on Second Degrees (see www.queensu.ca/secretariat/senate/policies/secdeg.html).
 
There are three categories of Second Degree Programs.
 
1    First Degree is from Arts and Science at Queen’s
a    APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION    Where an application to Undergraduate Admission is required, an application fee applies.
 
i    Students with B.A., B.A.(Hons.), B.Cmp.(Gen.), B.Cmp.(Hons.), B.Sc.(Gen.) or B.Sc.(Hons.) degrees who wish to complete B.F.A.(Gen.), B.F.A.(Hons.), B.Mus., B.P.H.E.(Hons.) or B.Sc.(Hons., Kinesiology) degrees must apply to the Second Degree Program through Undergraduate Admission on an internal application form and indicate the desired program and concentration.
 
ii    Students with B.F.A.(Gen.), B.F.A.(Hons.), B.Mus., B.P.H.E.(Hons.) or B.Sc.(Hons., Kinesiology) degrees who wish to complete B.A., B.A.(Hons.), B.Cmp.(Gen.), B.Cmp.(Hons.), B.Sc.(Gen.) or B.Sc.(Hons.) degrees must apply to the Second Degree Program through Undergraduate Admission on an internal application form and indicate the desired program and concentration.
 
iii    Students who have enrolled in another post-secondary institution since obtaining their Queen’s degree must apply for readmission to Queen’s through Undergraduate Admission.
 
v    Students with B.A., B.A.(Hons.), B.Cmp.(Gen.), B.Cmp.(Hons.), B.Sc.(Gen.) or B.Sc.(Hons.) degrees who wish to complete a second degree of this type and who have not enrolled in another post-secondary institution since obtaining their Queen’s degree are not required to apply for readmission. These students may request the Second Degree Program on QCARD during the program request phase of preregistration.
 
vi    Transcripts of students admitted under this category will indicate "Admitted to a Second Degree Program."
 
b    ADMISSION DEADLINES
See Sessional Dates for the application deadline for the Term or Session for which admission is being requested.
 
c    ADMISSION ELIGIBILITY
i    Students are required to have completed all requirements for their first degree program before being admitted to the Second Degree Program.
 
ii    Departmental approval for the concentration requested and Faculty approval for the second degree combination are required.
 
d    ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
i    Students must complete all course and degree requirements for the Second Degree Program according to the regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Science. (See especially Academic Regulation 28 in the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar for degree requirements.)
 
ii    Enrolment is limited in some degree programs and concentrations. The minimum average required for admission to some degree programs and concentrations may vary from year to year, depending on the size and strength of the applicant pool.
 
iii    Second degree students may count a maximum of 10.0 transferable credits from their first degree program toward their second degree program. When there are 10.0 transferable credits from the first degree, a B.A., B.Cmp.(Gen.) or B.Sc.(Gen.) degree requires a minimum of 5.0 additional credits; a B.A.(Hons.) degree requires a minimum of 9.0 additional credits; a B.Cmp.(Hons.) or B.Sc.(Hons.) degree requires a minimum of 10.0 additional credits.
 
iv    The additional courses for the second degree must all be completed at Queen’s and registered under the Arts and Science degree program.
 
e    DEGREE COMBINATIONS
i    A three-year degree after a four-year degree    With the completion of a minimum of 5.0 additional Queen’s credits in a significantly different concentration from their honours degree, students may obtain a B.A. or B.Cmp.(Gen.) (but not a B.Sc.[Gen.]) together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a B.Sc.(Hons.) degree. Similarly, with the completion of a minimum of 5.0 additional Queen’s credits in a significantly different concentration from their honours degree, students may obtain a B.Cmp.(Gen.) or B.Sc.(Gen.) (but not a B.A.) together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a B.A.(Hons.) degree. And similarly, with the completion of a minimum of 5.0 additional Queen’s credits in a significantly different concentration from their honours degree, students may obtain a B.A. or B.Sc.(Gen.) (but not a B.Cmp.[Gen.]) together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a B.Cmp.(Hons.) degree. For example, a student wishing to receive a B.A. with or after receiving a B.Sc.(Hons.) must complete a total of 25.0 credits to qualify for the second degree, that is, 20.0 for the B.Sc.(Hons.) plus 5.0 additional credits for the B.A. A significantly different concentration is defined as one in which fewer than half of the concentration credits are required (or may be used) in the first degree program. Students may not obtain a B.A. degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a B.A.(Hons.) degree; students may not receive a B.Cmp.(Gen.) degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a B.Cmp.(Hons.) degree; students may not receive a B.Sc.(Gen.) degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a B.Sc.(Hons.) degree.
 
ii    Two three-year degrees    With the completion of a minimum of 5.0 additional Queen’s credits in a significantly different concentration, students may obtain a B.A. together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a B.Cmp.(Gen.) or B.Sc.(Gen.) degree. Similarly, with the completion of a minimum of 5.0 additional Queen’s credits in a significantly different concentration, students may obtain a B.Cmp.(Gen.) together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a B.A. or B.Sc.(Gen.) degree. And similarly, with the completion of a minimum of 5.0 additional Queen’s credits in a significantly different concentration, students may obtain a B.Sc.(Gen.) together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a B.A. or B.Cmp.(Gen.) degree. That is, 15.0 credits for the first degree, plus 5.0 credits to qualify for the second degree for a total of 20.0 credits. Students may not receive two B.A. degrees nor two B.Sc.(Gen.) degrees.
 
iii    Two four-year degrees    Five degree combinations of this type are possible.
  • With the completion of a minimum of 9.0 additional Queen’s credits in a significantly different concentration from their first B.A.(Hons.) degree, students may obtain a second B.A.(Hons.) degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for their first B.A.(Hons.) degree (total of 28.0 credits).
  • With the completion of a minimum of 9.0 additional Queen’s credits in a significantly different concentration from their B.Cmp.(Hons.) or B.Sc.(Hons.) degree, students may obtain a B.A.(Hons.) degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a B.Cmp.(Hons.) or B.Sc.(Hons.) degree (total of 29.0 credits).
  • With the completion of a minimum of 10.0 additional Queen’s credits in a significantly different concentration from their B.A.(Hons.) degree, students may obtain a B.Cmp.(Hons.) or B.Sc.(Hons.) degree together with, after receiving, or after qualyifying for their B.A.(Hons.) degree (total of 29.0 credits).
  • With the completion of a minimum of 10.0 additional Queen’s credits in a significantly different concentration from their B.Cmp.(Hons.) degree, students may obtain a B.Sc.(Hons.) degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for their B.Cmp.(Hons.) degree (total of 30.0 credits).
  • With the completion of a minimum of 10.0 additional Queen’s credits in a significantly different concentration from their first B.Sc.(Hons.) degree, students may obtain a second B.Sc.(Hons.) degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for their first B.Sc.(Hons.) degree (total of 30.0 credits).
f    CHANGE OF SECOND DEGREE PROGRAM
Students wishing to change the second degree program or concentration may do so on QCARD during the summer program and concentration selection period and will require approval of the Department and Faculty as outlined under Admission Eligibility cii-iii. If the change is approved, the ruling “Request to change Second Degree Program approved” will be added to the student’s transcript.
 
g    RESTRICTIONS
i    A holder of a B.A. or B.Sc.(Gen.) from Queen’s University is not eligible to obtain a second 15.0-credit degree of the same name. That is, a student will not be permitted to obtain two B.A. degrees or two B.Sc.(Gen.) degrees.
 
ii    Students may not obtain a B.A. degree together with or after receiving a B.A.(Hons.) degree; students may not receive a B.Cmp.(Gen.) degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a B.Cmp.(Hons.) degree; students may not receive a B.Sc.(Gen.) degree together with, after receiving, or after qualifying for a B.Sc.(Hons.) degree.
 
iii    The second degree may only be obtained with a concentration in a substantially new discipline. Students may be refused access to a particular Second Degree Program combination if it is determined that there is significant overlap in the two programs. If at least half of the required credits in the second degree program may be used in the first degree program, the overlap is considered significant and the combination is not approved. For example, a B.Sc.(Gen.) degree program requires 15.0 credits overall of which 8.0 are concentration credits. If 4.0 or more of the 8.0 concentration credits are required (or may be used) in the first degree program, there is too much overlap for the second degree combination to be approved. (See the chart at the end of this section for program combinations that have been approved.)
 
iv    Students may complete two degree programs in Arts and Science simultaneously. Students completing two Arts and Science degrees normally register in only one program while taking courses for both programs. The exceptions are the concurrent Arts and Science degree programs, B.A./B.P.H.E., B.A.(Hons.)/B.P.H.E., B.Sc.(Gen.)/B.P.H.E. and B.Sc.(Hons.)/B.P.H.E. In most cases students complete the requirements and receive the degree for the program in which they are registered and then they register in the second program until the requirements are completed and the second degree is conferred. In some cases students complete the requirements for the second degree without formally registering in that program. Students in this situation should seek advice from the Faculty of Arts and Science Office to ensure the degree combination is valid, and must apply to graduate on QCARD upon registration in the final course(s) for the Second Degree Program.
 
v    Students may be refused access to a Second Degree Program in departments or programs where limited enrolments are enforced.
 
2    First Degree is from Another Faculty or School at Queen’s
a    APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION    Where an application to Undergraduate Admission is required, an application fee applies.
 
i    Students whose first degree is from another Faculty or School at Queen’s must apply to Undergraduate Admission on an internal application form for admission to the Second Degree Program, and indicate the desired program and concentration.
 
ii    Transcripts of students admitted under this category will indicate "Admitted to a Second Degree Program."
 
iii    Undergraduate Admission will issue a Statement of Equivalencies that lists the credits already completed from the first degree that can be shared with the second degree.
 
b    ADMISSION DEADLINES
See Sessional Dates for the application deadline for the Term or Session for which admission is being requested.
 
c    ADMISSION ELIGIBILITY
i    Students are required to have completed all requirements for their first degree program before being admitted to the Second Degree Program.
 
ii    Departmental approval for the concentration requested and Faculty approval for the second degree combination are required.
 
d    ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
i    Students must complete all course and degree requirements for the Second Degree Program according to the regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Science. (See especially Academic Regulation 28 in the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar for degree requirements.)
 
ii    Enrolment is limited in some degree programs and concentrations. The minimum average required for admission to some degree programs and concentrations may vary from year to year, depending on the size and strength of the applicant pool.
 
iii    Students in this category may use, up to a maximum of 10.0, credits that are transferable from the first degree program toward the second degree program (these are the shared credits described in 2av). As a result, when there are 10.0 transferable credits from the first degree, a B.A., B.Cmp.(Gen.) or B.Sc.(Gen.) degree normally requires a minimum of 5.0 additional credits; a B.A.(Hons.) degree normally requires a minimum of 9.0 additional credits; a B.Cmp.(Hons.) or B.Sc.(Hons.) degree normally requires a minimum of 10.0 additional credits.
 
iv    The additional courses for the second degree must all be completed at Queen’s and registered under the Arts and Science degree program.
 
v    For allowable degree combinations and restrictions, see sections 1e and 1g above.
 
e    CHANGE OF SECOND DEGREE PROGRAM
Students may not change the degree program or the concentration without applying for readmission. If the change is approved, the ruling “Request to change Second Degree Program approved” will be added to the student’s transcript.
 
f    RESTRICTIONS
i    The second degree may only be obtained with a concentration in a substantially new discipline. Students may be refused access to a particular Second Degree Program combination if it is determined that there is significant overlap in the two programs. If at least half of the required credits in the second degree program may be used in the first degree program, the overlap is considered significant and the combination is not approved. For example, a B.Sc.(Gen.) degree program requires 15.0 credits overall of which 8.0 are concentration credits. If 4.0 or more of the 8.0 concentration credits are required (or may be used) in the first degree program, there is too much overlap for the second degree combination to be approved. (See the chart at the end of this section for program combinations that have been approved.)
 
ii    Students may be refused access to a Second Degree Program in departments or programs where limited enrolments are enforced.
 
3    First Degree is from Another University
a    APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION    Where an application to Undergraduate Admission is required, an application fee applies.
 
i    Students whose first degree is from another university and who wish to complete a Second Degree Program from Queen’s must submit an application for admission through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre, using the web application form available at www.ouac.on.ca, and indicate the desired program and concentration.
 
ii    Transcripts of students admitted under this category will indicate “Admitted to a Second Degree Program” and identify the basis of admission, including the first degree and the university from which the degree was granted.
 
iii    Credits from the first degree are assessed for transfer credit at Undergraduate Admission.
 
b    ADMISSION DEADLINES
See Sessional Dates for the application deadline for the Term or Session for which admission is being requested.
 
c    ADMISSION ELIGIBILITY
i    Students are required to have completed all requirements for their first degree program before being admitted to the Second Degree Program.
 
ii    The Second Degree Program must be in a discipline that is substantially different from the program completed at the other university.
 
iii    Admission is competitive. Preference will be given to applicants with the strongest qualifications.

iv   Some degree programs and concentrations are closed to Second Degree Program applications.

   Students may be refused admission to a Second Degree Program in departments or programs where limited enrolments are enforced.
 
d    ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
i    Students must complete all course and degree requirements for the Second Degree Program according to the regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Science. (See especially Academic Regulation 28 for Degree requirements.)
 
ii    Enrolment is limited in some degree programs and concentrations. The minimum average required for admission to some degree programs and concentrations may vary from year to year, depending on the size and strength of the applicant pool.
 
iii    Students are permitted to use, up to a maximum of 7.0, credits from the first degree toward a B.A., B.Cmp.(Gen.) or B.Sc.(Gen.) degree program and up to a maximum of 9.0, credits from the first degree toward a B.A.(Hons.), B.Cmp.(Hons.) or B.Sc.(Hons.) degree program.
 
iv    A majority of the concentration credits for the second degree must be completed through Queen’s as outlined in Academic Regulation 28.
 
v    For allowable degree combinations and restrictions, see sections 1e and 1g above.
 
e    CHANGE OF SECOND DEGREE PROGRAM
Students may not change the degree program or the concentration in which they are registered at Queen’s without applying for readmission. If the change is approved, the ruling “Request to change Second Degree Program approved” will be added to the student’s transcript.
 
f    RESTRICTIONS
If students take courses towards their Queen’s degree which have similar content to courses taken in the first degree, the number of unspecified transfer credits granted will be reduced accordingly. 
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