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Second Bachelors vs. Second Major vs. Masters

If you are considering a Second SVSU Bachelors Degree make sure that you first consult an SVSU Academic Advisor and a Career Counselor.

Please visit the SVSU Academic Advisement Center or a Faculty Advisor and then the SVSU Office of Career Services to determine if this is your best option in the context of your career plans. You might find that an SVSU Masters degree would be a better option when considering educational credentials that will optimize your academic and professional preparation for the job market.

If you decide to go forward with a second Bachelors degree, please note the following:

  • Apply for admission into the second Bachelors degree program in the Undergraduate Admissions Office. 
  • To earn two SVSU Bachelors degrees, all degree requirements must be met in both curricula pursuant to the Catalogs in effect at the time of admission to the respective program.
  • Financial aid might not be available for a second Bachelor degree, though you might qualify for a student loan if you are still eligible and the maximum debt limit has not been reached. Please address these questions to the SVSU Office of Financial Services. 
  • Courses with passing grades in Basic Skills (remedial) and General Education from the first Bachelors degree will count toward the second degree; a minimum of “C” in all required courses except General Education which is a minimum of a “D” grade. The upper division degree requirements are also waived for the second degree, but all requirements for the Major in the degree must be met. A minimum of 31 new credits in the second Bachelors degree program is required. Please consult with an Academic Advisor to determine which courses would double-count.  
  • A Minor is not required in the second Bachelors degree program.
  • If the second Bachelors degree is pursued after the first Bachelors degree has already been conferred, registration procedures are standard in terms of the posted registration schedule and online registration opportunities. Students pursuing a second Bachelors degree are considered to be seniors and can register online pursuant to the posted registration schedule. 
  • In the case of two Bachelors degrees, the degrees can be of the same type (e.g., both Bachelor of Science degrees with different majors) and be in the same College (e.g., both in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology). The degrees can also be different, for example, the first one as Bachelor of Arts and the second Bachelor of Science.
  • It is possible for a single student to pursue two degrees at the same time, though this must be arranged in advance in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Under this scenario, a 155 total credit minimum for the two majors combined (124+31) and completion of one minor is required unless both degrees do not require a minor.  Also, all course registrations must be done in person at the Registration counter.   


Another Option: At SVSU, students can elect to pursue two majors under a single Bachelors degree.  All requirements in both majors must be met under the Catalog in force. Unlike a two degree arrangement, no Minor is required under this arrangement, as the second Major satisfies the Minor requirement. For this option, a second major must be declared and entered into the student’s record in advance at the Office of the Registrar.