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  • Second degree students

    UW-La Crosse graduates

    A graduate who has earned one baccalaureate degree at UW-L and who subsequently becomes a candidate for a second baccalaureate degree must meet all core, professional and major requirements for the second degree and must earn at least 30 resident credits beyond the first degree.

    Graduates from another institution

    Students with a previously earned baccalaureate degree from another regionally accredited institution must meet all core, professional and major requirements for the second degree and must earn at least 30 resident credits beyond the first degree.

    How to apply
    • You will need to apply to UW-La Crosse through the UW System Online Application.
      • Tip: When you get to the section titled “Reason for Applying,” select “2nd Undergraduate Degree.
    • The UW System also has a helpful document as well as a set of ‘Video Hints’ outlining application procedures.
    • Students who already have a college degree and desire to undertake further study to earn a second undergraduate major, to qualify for teaching certification, or to remove deficiencies, must complete the first two pages of the UW System application and submit one official transcript of all previous college work.
    Next Steps for Admitted Second Degree Students
    Credits and approval

    Students wishing to use credits from their first degree to fulfill requirements of a second degree must obtain approval from the dean of the college in which they are enrolled. All General Education requirements are satisfied by students who have completed the first baccalaureate degree. UW System policy requires that every student complete an ethnic studies course. If this was not done as part of the first degree, it must be fulfilled for the second degree.

    NOTE: Students cannot earn a second baccalaureate degree in the same major (different emphasis) as their first baccalaureate degree.


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    College of Science and Health: 205 Graff Main Hall 
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