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Definitions: Academic Plans, Second Bachelor's Degree (Post-Baccalaureate)

Type: University Requirements
Effective Date: 8/24/2020

NAU offers many Second Bachelor’s Degrees (also known as Post-Baccalaureate Degrees) for those who have already earned an accredited bachelor’s degree.

If you wish to complete a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 additional units of credit at Northern Arizona University beyond any units of credit completed while earning any prior degree, and you must meet all major and minor requirements for the new degree. If your first bachelor's degree is from a regionally accredited institution in the United States of America or an accredited institution in your home country, you don't have to meet Northern Arizona University's Liberal Studies and Diversity requirements.

Earning a second bachelor's degree is possible only if there are 18 unique units in the degree program to differentiate it from any other bachelor's degree earned. Additionally, students may NOT earn Second Bachelor’s Degrees within the same discipline, (major, emphasis, specialization) with the exception of the BSED. For example, you may not earn both a B.A. and a B.S. in Psychology, however, you may earn a BSED and a B.S. in Mathematics.

Before you begin work on a second bachelor's degree, you must be admitted to Northern Arizona University. If the academic plan you intend to pursue has special admission criteria, you must also be admitted by that academic unit.

To apply to Northern Arizona University, you must complete an admissions application as a post-baccalaureate student, pay the application fee, and select a major plan of study. See Post-Baccalaureate Admission Form.

If you completed your first bachelor’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you will need to apply for re-admission with the Office of the Registrar. You do not need to submit transcripts with your re-admission application. 

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