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In some cases, however, potential students will be well aware of alternatives and still choose to seek a second bachelor's degree. Such students will be subject to the same graduation requirements as all other students, viz., they will have to complete satisfactorily an approved degree program including 128 credits with at least 32 new credits of contract learning and at least 4 credits of educational planning. Previous credit from Empire State College and other accredited degree granting institutions as well as assessed learning may be credited toward a second bachelor's degree up to a limit of 96 credits. A second bachelor's degree program must include at least 4 credits of educational planning, but planning of both degrees may be done in the same contract. A second bachelor's degree must meet a significantly different educational objective from the first degree.

The college will in no case award two degrees for the same 128 credits. Students who wish a double concentration within a single degree may develop such a program but they will not receive two degrees. Students who complete an Empire State College bachelor's degree must reapply for admission if they wish to pursue a second bachelor's degree. Some forms of financial aid are not available to students pursuing undergraduate study beyond a first bachelor's degree.

The college also complies with the SUNY policy on awarding of two degrees at the same level.

Approved: May 6, 1980
Supersedes 1976 Policy
Revised: May, 1996; February, 1996

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