Second Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees
The following details the policies for earning a:
A “second master’s degree” is any master’s degree pursued after a first master’s degree is earned at USC or another university. The maximum number of units which may be applied toward the second master’s degree for coursework taken from the first master’s degree is:
- Four units toward degree programs requiring 24–32 units
- Eight units toward programs requiring 33–40 units
- Twelve units toward programs requiring 41 or more units
Second master’s degrees are not allowed in the same program of study for students who earned their first master’s degree at USC.
For students who earned their first master’s degree at another institution, no coursework may be repeated from the first program of study and no units from the first program of study may be counted toward the second master’s degree.
Therefore, students who wish to pursue two degrees at USC that are not approved dual degrees and wish to take advantage of a reduction in units, should complete one degree first (the one with the least units if one of the degrees requires less than 41 units) so that they may take advantage of the rules governing a second master’s degree. Otherwise, students need to complete all of the requirements for both degrees in order to earn two master’s degrees at USC.
For additional information, please go to the Graduate Students page in the Requirements for Graduation section of the USC Catalogue.
A second bachelor’s degree requires a minimum of 32 additional units. For some degrees more than the 32 additional units may be needed because all requirements for both degrees must be met. The student receives a separate diploma for each degree upon completion.
For additional information, go to the Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs section of the USC Catalogue.
For students with their first bachelor’s degree from USC, 32 units applicable to the degree beyond the number of units required for the first USC bachelor’s degree must be completed in residence.
For students with their first bachelor’s degree from another institution, the second bachelor’s degree requires 64 units applicable to the degree completed in residence, except for the B.Arch. degree which when earned concurrently with the M.Arch. degree requires 32 units applicable to the degree completed in residence.
For additional information, please go to the Course Work Taken Elsewhere page in the USC Catalogue.