Second Master's Degree

Definition:This policy defines the requirements for a CSUSM applicant to pursue and earn a second master¿s degree in the same discipline for which they already hold a master¿s degree.
Authority:Academic Affairs
Scope:Students seeking to pursue and earn a second master¿s degree in the same discipline for which they already hold a master¿s degree.
Responsible Division:Academic Affairs
Approval Date:06/27/2012
Implementation Date:06/27/2012
Originally Implemented:06/27/2012
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Procedure

I. ELIGIBILITY

CSUSM applicants may pursue and earn a second master’s degree.  In certain instances, applicants may wish to seek a second master’s degree in the same discipline for which they already hold a master’s degree in order to fulfill new career, professional, or specialization requirements.  These applicants may seek a second master’s degree for the same discipline if they:

  1. Meet the university admission requirements;
  2. Meet the master’s program admission requirements (individual master’s programs may elect not to consider applicants who already hold a master’s degree in the same discipline; applicants should consult with the graduate program coordinator of the prospective master’s program);
  3. Receive the consent of the Dean of Graduate Studies to pursue the second master’s degree.

II. REQUIREMENTS

A. The second master’s degree must be based on:

  1. A different option from the first master’s degree (or in a different area of specialization in the case of a master’s program without differentiated options); and
  2. A curriculum distinct from the first master’s degree containing a minimum of 30 units of coursework different from those taken to earn the first master’s degree.

B. At least 70 percent of the coursework must be completed in residence and include a culminating experience.


Individual master’s programs may impose more restrictive requirements.