Second Degree Studies

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Students who have graduated with a degree from the University of Toronto, or another accredited university, may apply in accordance with posted deadlines to begin a second degree. Application for admission to a second degree is made through the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment at UTSC. Before applying, students are urged to consider if a second degree is actually required for their purposes, for example, a make-up year as a non-degree student may satisfy admission requirements for graduate school. Students are governed by the rules in place at UTSC at the time they commence their second degree.

Students who successfully apply for a second degree may pursue either an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Honours BA) or an Honours Bachelor of Science (Honours BSc) degree. A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) may not be pursued as a second degree; however, students who have completed a BBA as a first degree may pursue an Honours BA or BSc as a second degree. The second degree may not include a program(s) in any of the same discipline(s) as the first degree (e.g., a student awarded a first Honours BA including a program in English may not pursue a second Honours BA including a program in English, or a student awarded a first Honours BSc including a program in Psychology may not pursue a second Honours BSc including a program in Psychology).

Students wanting to pursue a second degree in a limited enrolment program may need to complete prerequisite courses as a non-degree student prior to entering the second degree. These students should consult with the Office of the Registrar for limited enrolment program requirements.

Students beginning a second degree are normally exempted from first year of the degree requirements by being granted 5.0 credits towards the completion of the degree (4.0 credits at the A-level and 1.0 credits at the B-level), regardless of the number of previous degrees held; to earn the second degree, students must complete a minimum further 15.0 credits as UTSC students. Second degree candidates may not repeat courses taken in a previous degree; however, they may count such courses towards satisfying prerequisite and program requirements with the approval of the department offering the program. Candidacy in a new degree program of study will be established, and a new grade point average will commence with the second degree courses.

Students completing a Double Degree program should consult the Double Degree Programs section of the Calendar since the requirements for Double Degree programs are different from the requirements for a Second Degree.