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Dual-Title Doctor of Philosophy Degrees


To define dual-title degrees at the University of Kansas

Applies to: 

Applicants to graduate study

Policy Statement: 


A dual-title Ph.D. is a single degree with significant scholarship in two fields. At the completion of a dual-title degree program, the graduate will receive one diploma with two program names. Students enrolled in a dual-title degree program work concurrently in both areas of study.

Students are admitted initially into the major Ph.D. program. Upon being approved to pursue a dual-title Ph.D., students will be admitted into the dual-title Ph.D. program.  


Only existing programs approved to grant doctor of philosophy degrees may collaborate in creating a dual-title degree.

A dual-title degree is a single degree from KU. University-wide degree count reports will record a single Ph.D. in the major Ph.D. program discipline area. During the program proposal phase, doctoral programs must determine which program will be credited with the degree count. This department will also be responsible for reviewing the program during Board of Regents’ program review cycle.

All program requirements for both areas must be met as determined by the faculty in each program. The governing structure for dual-title Ph.D. programs is overseen by the Directors of Graduate Study in each participating Ph.D. program. Dual-title Ph.D.s are conferred by the dean of the student’s major Ph.D. program.

A student applies for a dual-title degree only after being admitted and enrolled in an existing graduate doctoral program. Admissions procedures are described in the Admissions Procedures for Dual-Title Degree Programs policy.


Graduate Studies

Approved by: 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Approved on: 
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Effective on: 
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Dual title degree, Graduate admission, Application to graduate study
Change History: 

07/18/2023: Approved by changed to Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, fixed broken links.
This policy was initially approved in August 2011.

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