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Post-Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

An additional degree is distinguished from multiple majors within a single degree. For information regarding completion of multiple majors within a first bachelor’s degree, see Standards Governing the Completion of a Major.

You may earn a second bachelor’s degree upon completion of a minimum of 45 credits as a matriculated student at Seattle Pacific University subsequent to the granting of your first bachelor’s degree. You must be accepted into a major, and the date of acceptance determines the Undergraduate Catalog under which major requirements will be applied. A second degree is subject to the following conditions:

If you earned your first degree at SPU:

  • You must take at least 15 of the 45 credits for the second degree at SPU after matriculation as a post-baccalaureate student.
  • You must earn at least 15 upper-division credits in the major at SPU.
  • No more than 15 credits taken as a non-matriculated student may apply toward the additional bachelor’s degree.
  • Of the 45 credits required for the second degree, you may earn up to 15 credits prior to the granting of the first degree, provided the credits are in excess of the minimum (usually 180 credits) required for the first degree. In such a case, you may be required to complete fewer than 45 credits for the second degree, but no fewer than 30 credits.
  • All specified requirements for the second degree must be fulfilled, including all requirements in the major.
  • All standards governing completion of a major apply to the second degree.
  • Limitations on credit pertain to a second bachelor’s degree as well as a first degree.

If you earned your first degree at another institution:

  • If you have not previously matriculated at SPU, you must earn at least 45 credits toward the second degree at SPU.
  • If you, at some prior point matriculated at SPU, you must earn at least 30 of the required 45 credits at SPU.
  • No more than 15 credits taken as a non-matriculated student may apply toward the additional bachelor’s degree.
  • You must earn at least 15 upper-division credits in the major at SPU.
  • You must complete 5 credits in Christian Scripture or Christian Theology at SPU.
  • You must fulfill all specified requirements for the second degree, including all requirements in the major.
  • All standards governing completion of a major apply to the second degree.
  • Limitations on credit pertain to a second bachelor’s degree as well as a first degree.