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Dual Degree Program-External Partner

A dual degree program is a formalized academic program in which a student completes the curriculum of two or more degree programs. A dual degree program with an external partner is a program initiated by a school of the University and another institution of higher education. Dual degree programs are characterized by the following:

  • Separate application is made to each degree program.  Upon acceptance to each program, application is made to participate in the dual degree program.
  • Students are concurrently enrolled in each degree program.
  • Students are able to complete the dual degree program in less time than it would take to complete each degree program separately.
  • Students receive a parchment for completion of each degree program.
  • With limited exceptions, the degrees are conferred at the same time.

A dual degree program requires a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the participating partners. An MOU should not be executed prior to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost being notified of the proposed dual degree program. Schools proposing a dual degree program are encouraged to review the Principles and Guidelines for Establishing Joint Academic Programs and Campuses Abroad, published by the Association of American Universities (AAU), and articulate how the proposed program meets the AAU guidelines.

A dual degree program is distinct from a joint degree program.


Create Dual Degree Program-External Partner

Creating a dual degree program requires the following actions.  For the dual degree program to be effective with the ensuing fall semester, all approvals must be secured by July 1.

  • Submit a Substantive Change Checklist to the associate vice president for academic accreditation.
  • Approval of program, departmental, and/or school faculty
  • Approval of school curriculum committee
  • Approval of the dean
    • If the degree program affects faculty, students, and/or academic programs in more than one school, the sponsoring dean should consult the corresponding dean(s).
    • Upon approval of the dean, the sponsoring school should contact the associate vice provost for academic accreditation.  The associate vice provost will work with the school and the Office of the University Comptroller to develop a memorandum of understanding (MOU). 
  • Approval of the provost (first review)
  • Approval of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate
  • Approval of the Executive Council of the Faculty Senate
  • Approval of the Faculty Senate
  • Approval of the provost (second review)
  • Approval of the president
    • As the MOU is the developed, the associate vice provost will work with the school to secure the approval of the president.
  • Execution of the MOU
    • Upon completion of the MOU, the associate vice provost will work with the school to secure signatures from the following individuals: the dean, the provost, and representatives from the partner institution(s).  Upon execution of the MOU, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost will notify the University Registrar (UREG) and the Board of Visitors (BOV).
  • Notification to SACSCOC
    • Upon execution of the MOU, the associate vice provost will submit a copy of the signed agreement to SACSCOC. Such notification must be provided six months prior to implementation.


Resources

Substantive Change Checklist (U.Va.)
Policy: Substantive Change for Regional Accreditation (U.Va.)
Policy: Academic Approval and Signatory Authority for Academic Program Agreements (U.Va.)
Agreements Involving Joint and Dual Academic Awards: Policy and Procedures (SACSCOC)