Dual Degree Program

The Department offers students in the Master of Arts program the option of simultaneously pursuing a dual degree within the Program in City and Regional Planning of the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture. Students may elect to pursue the dual degree with other units on an ad hoc basis. Students interested in pursuing the dual degree option should consult with the Chairs of Graduate Studies in both relevant departments to receive advice and complete the appropriate forms to be filed with the Graduate School. Furthermore, students in the dual degree program may take the Master's examination or write a thesis. In either case, the student's examination/thesis committee is composed of faculty from both academic units.

Students may elect to pursue the dual degree with other units on an ad hoc basis and have the option of choosing a concentration in African American, African or Comparative Diaspora Studies.

The Department of African American and African Studies has the following standing dual degree program:

Dual degree with City and Regional Planning (Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture) (275 W. Woodruff Ave/PH 292-1012).

The dual degree with City and Regional Planning consists of fifty-eight (58) credit hours of course work. Twenty-four (24) of these must be taken in the Department of African American and African Studies and must cover the core and concentration requirements of the MA program of study. Another thirty-four (34) credits must be taken in City and Regional Planning in the Knowlton School of Architecture.  Contact the Department of City and Regional Planning for the specific requirements of its MA program.

Students interested in pursuing the dual degree option should consult with the Chairs of Graduate Studies in both relevant departments to receive advice and complete the appropriate forms to be filed with the Graduate School office.

Dual Master’s Degree Programs VI.7

Program of Study. Except as stated below, the master’s degree rules presented above apply to students pursuing two master’s degree simultaneously.

The student and advisor(s) in each graduate degree program plan an integrated course of study to satisfy the requirements of both degree programs. The Program Plan for Dual Degree Students form, available from the Graduate School, must be completed and submitted to the Graduate School within one semester of planning the integrated course of study with both advisors.

Credit Hours. Students must satisfy the credit hour requirements for each degree program. A minimum of 50 percent of the hours counted toward the credit hour requirement for each degree must be unique to that degree and cannot be used for dual credit. The Graduate Studies Committee may establish a minimum higher than 50 percent.

Master’s Examination, Dual Degree Students VI.8

Normally, students will complete a separate master’s degree for each degree program. However, if the following conditions are satisfied, a student pursuing two thesis option master’s degree programs may be required to complete only one master’s examination and one thesis:

  1. The Graduate Studies Committee in each graduate program must approve
  2. The master’s examination committee must be composed of a minimum of four Graduate Faculty members, with at least two from each graduate program
  3. A faculty member from each graduate program must serve as a co-advisor of the thesis
  4. The result of the master’s examination must be unanimously affirmative in order for the student to earn each degree
  5. In the event of the student’s failure, the master’s examination committee will decide if a second examination for two degrees with one thesis is possible
  6. If the committee decides against allowing a second examination for two degrees with one thesis, then one of the Graduate Studies Committees may allow a second examination in order for the student to earn one master’s degree.
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