Declaring Double Majors or Dual Degrees
To declare double majors or dual degrees, change previous selections, or remove majors in Gies Business please fill out this form: https://go.business.illinois.edu/declaremajor
If you declare a double major or dual degree, your Degree Audit (DARS) will only display one major at a time. If you are pursuing two majors, you must run a second report for your declared major. When running the second major report be sure to select YOUR catalog year (the semester and year you began college). Also note, if you are pursuing a MINOR, the minor will ONLY display in your primary major at the bottom of the report.
Policy Regarding Double Majors/Dual Degrees
Effective date: January 14, 2019
Prior to August 26, 2019
The Business Administration (BADM) double major policy has been expanded to include the Accountancy major and Finance major, where a student can choose any two of the seven Gies Business majors as double majors on one degree (124 credit hours). Current students may elect any two Gies Business majors as EITHER dual degrees (154 credit hours, two degrees) or double majors (124 credit hours, one degree with any two Business majors), up until this date.
ICT students entering Gies Business for the Fall 2019 semester will be informed of this opportunity and deadline in their admissions notice and in the early July communication from advisors. Students entering UIUC for the first time in Fall 2019 (OCT and freshmen) will not have the option to declare dual degrees with two business majors.
DOUBLE MAJORS: If you elect double majors, you must fulfill the course requirements for both majors and complete a minimum of 124 credit hours to earn one degree. It is not possible to choose three majors for one degree. Registration priority is given for both majors. Students must select a primary major and secondary major, which will indicate the order listed on degrees and transcripts.
DUAL DEGREES: If you elect dual degrees, you must fulfill the course requirements for all majors and earn at least 30 additional hours of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign credit (minimum of 154 hours for two Gies Business Bachelor’s degrees). If you wish to have three majors, it would require double majors on one degree and a single major on the second degree. Students may select no more than two majors in the Department of Business Administration and no more than three majors total. While students must have declared dual degrees by 8/26/19 if they wish to pursue them, they can elect to remove the dual degrees and switch to double majors, in any of the seven majors, at any time prior to earning their degrees. At least 90 hours must be University of Illinois credit. Must be completed within the allowable 9-semester limit on enrollment. Registration priority is given for all majors. To meet the requirements to sit for the CPA examination in Illinois, students considering a dual degree that includes accountancy will need to complete either (a) a master’s degree in accountancy or (b) in excess of 30 credits in accountancy courses.
Dual Degree Process:
Dual degrees students must complete the full application process, including securing appropriate advising, and being approved at the departmental and college levels.
- Students must meet with an academic advisor in both majors to determine appropriate class choices and to assess whether a second degree is an appropriate path in achieving educational goals.
- Students must complete the majority of their Gies degree, including the BUS Core, before they switch residency to the other college (Exception: BADM 449, BADM 401)
- Students are expected to complete both degrees within 9 semesters. If students need a 10th semester, they will need to fill out a 10th Semester Petition and be approved by Gies Office of Undergraduate Affairs
Students will need to meet with the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss the tuition differential and impact on any financial aid awards
- Once Gies is switched to the student’s secondary college, the student will forfeit all Gies specific scholarships.
When a student is ready to graduate with their dual degrees, they must apply to graduate in both colleges. Students should work with an Admissions Records Officer in both colleges to ensure they are on the pending degree list for both colleges.
- Dual degrees must be awarded concurrently
Students must also review the university rules governing dual degrees, which can be found in §3: 801 in the Student Code.
Dual Degree Policy: (For Students currently enrolled in other colleges)
- Students currently enrolled in other colleges on campus that wish to complete a dual degree with the Gies College of Business must first be admitted to Gies through our Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) process.
- If a student does not successfully ICT into the Gies College of Business, it will not be possible to complete a dual degree with a major in Gies.
- If a student is admitted to Gies through our ICT process, and wants to complete a dual degree, they should then complete the appropriate dual degree application with the non-Gies college.
Process August 26, 2019 and later for ALL Gies Business students
The previous dual degrees policy will no longer be an option for current and incoming students (with the exception of students who had already declared them). Students who elect to have any two business majors will be working toward one degree (double majors). If you elect double business majors, you must fulfill the course requirements for both majors and complete a minimum of 124 credit hours to earn one degree. Registration priority is given for both majors. Students must select a primary major and secondary major, which will indicate the order listed on degrees and transcripts. It is not possible to choose three majors for one degree.
All freshmen and off-campus transfer students who enter UIUC Fall 2019 or later will only have the single major or double majors options available to them.
- Each major in the College of Business requires seven to nine courses and students who wish to earn an additional major must fulfill the course requirements for both majors.
- Students may double count major courses, when possible, provided they meet the requirements for both majors while completing at least 12 hours of unique advanced coursework from both majors.
- The designations of the Primary and Secondary majors are necessary for the ordinal orders of the two declared majors within our students’s baccalaureate business degrees. Our students will soon have the privilege to custom design their Gies baccalaureate degrees as noted upon their diplomas and transcripts.
- Earning a second major outside of Business would require a dual degree and the completion of 154 credit hours.
Dual Degrees (one Business degree and one degree outside of Business)
A student who has received one bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign may be permitted to receive a second bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, provided all specified requirements for both degrees are fully met. Only those courses that are acceptable toward the degree sought may be counted in satisfying the above minimum requirements. This includes the 30 additional hours required for the second degree.
The Gies College of Business requires that dual degrees must be awarded simultaneously.
Most colleges have residency requirements which will require a student to complete the majority of their business courses in three years, complete the inter-college transfer process to the other college, and finish their 2nd degree requirements in their senior year. Students are eligible to complete BADM 449 (senior year course) while finishing their dual degree; e-mail your academic advisor for assistance. For students who have already completed their residency requirement in freshmen year and completed an ICT to business for sophomore year, you will likely need to receive permission to enroll in courses for your major outside of business. When you register for your last semester of courses, e-mail email@example.com to be added to the business degree list to ensure that you graduate with your business degree.
Information on dual degrees for majors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences