Second Bachelor's Degree

If you have already received a bachelor's degree from UMUC or from another regionally accredited institution, you can broaden your education by earning a second bachelor's degree with a different major. However, it is not possible to earn a second bachelor's degree with a double major.

If you are a new student with UMUC, you must submit an official transcript showing that your first bachelor's degree has been awarded. Once this occurs, you will be able to begin taking classes. If you apply for admission without this document on file, your application will be processed when the official transcript has been received. 

You may not earn a second degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate’s degree within the second bachelor's degree. If you are interested in selecting a minor, please contact your academic advisor.

You must have received the first bachelor's degree to be eligible to begin a second. For a second bachelor's degree, you need 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.

To qualify for academic honors in a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 new credits through UMUC with the requisite grade point average.

You must complete all requirements for the major. All course prerequisites apply. 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, the applicable date is the date you 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.

You 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, consult a UMUC academic advisor. Advisors will be glad to explain the requirements for a second bachelor's degree and clarify its limitations.