Dual and Combined Degrees

Students at The Ohio State University can pursue dual or combined degrees. This option allows students to broaden their expertise and enhance their credentials by pursuing two distinct degrees at Ohio State and complete them in less time by sharing credits between them.

dual degree program is when a student enrolls in two separate graduate programs (programs under the jurisdiction of Ohio State's Graduate School). This can be a master's degree and either another master's degree or even a doctoral degree. By sharing credits, it's possible to complete two 2-year master's programs in only three years. Common dual degree choices for CFAES students include public affairs and city and regional planning, but the choices are not limited to these.

How to apply for a dual degree

combined degree program is when a student is simultaneously enrolled in a graduate program (under the jurisdiction of Ohio State's Graduate Program) and either an undergraduate program (e.g. a Bachelor of Science) or a professional program (e.g. law).

Not all degree options can be dual or combined degrees, so you should check with each individual program coordinator first. Students must apply separately to each intended program, but you can begin one program and then apply to the second one at a later point.

How to apply for a combined degree


Read more about dual and combined degrees in the Graduate School Handbook.