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Joint Degree Program

A joint degree program is a formalized academic program in which a student completes a single curriculum sponsored by two or more institutions of higher education. Upon completion of the joint degree program, the student is awarded a single diploma bearing the names, seals, and signatures of each participating institution.

A joint degree program requires the same documentation and approvals as a new degree program, with one additional requirement. Joint degree programs constitute a "substantive change" and require the approval of the University's accrediting agency (SACSCOC). In addition, schools proposing a joint 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 joint degree program is distinct from a dual degree program.