At UMUC, students who have already received a bachelor's degree from UMUC or from another regionally accredited institution can broaden their education by earning a second bachelor's degree with a different major. However, students may not earn a second bachelor's degree with a double major. Students may not earn a second degree in general studies, and, except for the Accounting Degree, which has a mandatory minor, may not obtain an academic minor in the second degree.
A student must have received the first bachelor's degree to be eligible to begin a second. For a second bachelor's degree, the student needs to complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits.
Students must complete all requirements for the major. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new courses should be satisfied with courses related to the major. For purposes of determining what major requirements apply to a student, the applicable date is the date the student started coursework at UMUC after being admitted into the second undergraduate degree program. As with other degrees, continuous enrollment at UMUC is required. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all courses taken through UMUC is required for graduation.
To qualify for academic honors in a second bachelor's degree, the student must complete at least 45 new credits through UMUC with the requisite grade point average.
All students need to be aware of what is entailed in a second bachelor's degree. Before beginning work or considering nontraditional options toward a second degree, students should consult an academic advisor, who will be glad to explain the requirements for a second bachelor's degree, and clarify its limitations.