If you are a Ross student who is considering dual degrees, your first step is to review the information and questions below. Completing dual degrees requires a significant amount of time and effort, and can even have additional tuition implications. We urge you to carefully consider whether or not this option is right for you.
I'm interested in pursuing dual degrees. What do I need to know?
Who is eligible to pursue dual degrees?
Students in Good Academic Standing who have received approval from advisors in both schools in which they are interested may apply to pursue a dual degree. Students should review the dual degree application policies for each school to confirm their eligibility and time frame for applying for a dual degree. Students can plan for and work toward dual degree requirements in their first year and are typically eligible to declare a dual degree once they've completed their first year and have met the prerequisites for the major.
What are the degree requirements for dual degrees?
For specific degree requirements and other critical details, please review the link for each particular dual degree program:
- College of Engineering
- College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
- School of Information
- School of Kinesiology (Sport Management Program)
- School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Please be aware that dual degrees have a significantly higher number of credit and degree requirements than a BBA alone. Reviewing the degree requirements and completing a course plan for your desired dual degree program are critical steps that will help you understand what you will need to do and how long it will take you to finish your degrees and graduate. Early planning can make a difference as to whether or not dual degrees can be completed within your desired time frame.
How long does it take to complete dual degrees?
The time frame for completing dual degrees varies from student to student, and can depend on the number of credits and degree requirements that are completed prior to entering Ross. Students also have the option to complete additional coursework during their Spring and/or Summer terms, or to stay on for one or two extra terms if additional time is needed. Preparing a customized course plan will help students answer this question given their particular circumstances.
What do I need to do to graduate as a dual degree student?
All degree requirements for both programs must be completed. Both degrees must be earned concurrently (that is, conferred at the same time). Although students may finish all of their requirements for one of their degrees in an earlier term, neither degree will be granted until all requirements for both degrees have been satisfied.
How does advising work?
Academic advising for each degree will come independently from advisors in each program. Ross offers specialized advising with dual degree advisors. These advisors are available to offer guidance and to help students monitor their BBA degree progress. Admitted students may schedule a "BBA Dual Degree Advising/Issues" appointment online. Students are also responsible for working with an advisor in their other degree program.
What is the difference between dual degrees and a minor?
Minors are earned by completing only those requirements set forth specifically for that minor, whereas dual degree students must complete all degree requirements for both of their desired degrees. Dual degree requirements can include area distribution, writing requirements, quantitative reasoning, language, or race & ethnicity, as applicable.
How do I decide if dual degrees are right for me?
Pursuing dual degrees is a significant commitment which requires careful thought. Here are some self-reflection questions that can be used to help you make this important decision:
Why do I want two undergraduate degrees?
What are my personal, professional and educational goals? Would two degrees promote them, and if so, how?
What do I want to get out of a dual degree course of study?
Do I want to commit the extra time, effort and money needed to complete a second degree while I'm a BBA at Ross?
Will I be able to focus simultaneously on two degree programs?
Can I balance dual degree studies with other important commitments in my life such as internship and job recruiting, club and extracurricular activities, work, and other endeavors that help me be a well-rounded and unique individual?
Would pursuing dual degrees leave me less time to pursue my business interests and to take business electives?
What kind of credentials will help me in the career in which I'm interested? Is it important to have a second degree, or is the intrinsic value of taking classes in an area of interest enough?
What are the pros and cons of pursuing a BBA, dual degrees, or perhaps a minor in my other area of interest?
We encourage students to engage in serious reflection on the issues relevant to pursuing a dual degree. Additional guidance can be sought from your academic advisors.
What are the next steps?
Once you are ready to apply for dual degrees, proceed to the BBA Dual Degree Applicants web page for further information. After you have officially become a dual degree student, please refer to the Declared BBA Dual Degree Students web page.
Schedule a "BBA Dual Degree Advising/Issues" advising appointment or email your academic advisor.