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EIU Master of Science in Sustainability

MS in Sustainability

Second Master’s Degree Program

Students may earn a second master's degree in Sustainability while working on their degree in another program, with 12 credit hours (four courses) to be shared between the two programs. This allows students to graduate with two degrees faster than if they were pursued separately.  

Requirements for a Second Master’s Degree

With approval from the program’s Graduate Coordinator or Graduate Committee and Graduate Dean, students may apply shared credit course work toward the second master’s degree, under the following conditions.

  1. The student must meet all admission requirements to the second graduate degree program.
  2. All degree requirements must be met within the 6 year time to completion. Students may seek a waiver to this regulation due to extenuating circumstances.
  3. A student may share no more than 12 graduate credit hours for the second degree.
  4. A plan of study for the second degree must be approved by the program’s Graduate Coordinator or Graduate Committee, and Graduate Dean. The approved plan of study for the second degree must be on file with the graduate certification officer.
  5. Credit for culminating activities, including the master’s thesis or capstone experience, may not be counted as shared credit.
  6. Previously earned shared credit courses in Accelerated Programs may not be used as shared credit courses in the second master’s degree.

For incoming graduate students who seek to pursue two master’s degrees at the onset of enrollment, students are encouraged to consult with both graduate program directors to determine a plan of study.

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Dr. Nichole Hugo
Graduate Coordinator
(217) 581-8595

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Dr. Nichole Hugo
Associate Professor &
Graduate Coordinator of Sustainability

600 Lincoln Ave,
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-8595

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