New Dual Degree Program

A dual-degree program is one in which students are enrolled for two different degrees awarded by the University.  Some of the program’s courses count toward the completion of both degrees.  A dual-degree program is different from a joint degree program which is offered in collaboration with another university or college.

Every new dual degree program requires the approval of the schools in which the students will study and several central University approvals, including the University Senate if either of the degrees is at the post-baccalaureate level. It also requires the approval of the University Trustees if at least one of the schools proposing the program has not already been authorized to award one of the degrees the students will receive.

Once the proposal has the necessary University approvals, it must be registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and may also need the approval of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education if its creation alters the University's accredited status.

To request approval of a new dual degree program, its sponsors should complete a New Program Proposal Application for APAS, which provides the information needed for the internal University reviews. Applications for new programs are processed through the Academic Program Approval System (APAS). Please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs (OVPAP) at ovpap@columbia.edu or (212) 854-2691 for access to APAS. Before entering a new program into APAS schools should complete the New Program Proposal Pre-APAS Worksheet.

The NYSED forms may vary depending on the subject matter of the new program. Schools should consult OVPAP on the appropriate NYSED forms to use before they begin filling them out.

Every proposal for a new dual degree program goes through at least four reviews and as many as seven: