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Is getting a dual degree worth it?

Updated Manchester, New Hampshire

It’s basically the cost of two tuitions at my school, so is it worth it? If not, then what’s the point of just #double-major #college-major #academic-advising

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Anna’s Answer


A dual degree can have a lot of benefits - depending on your interests and aspirations. For example, a dual major in Computer Science and Computational Mathematics would be great for someone who wants to do a PhD in Data Science and Analytics. A degree in Journalism and Political Science or Economics can be a perfect combination for anyone wanting to pursue a journalism career - as the subject-matter expertise will allow a journalist to actually know what they are writing/speaking about. In some cases it is a good choice; in other cases doing a bachelors and then master's might be better. Or you may opt to do a major + minor. At some schools and for some majors, a lot of classes may overlap between the two majors, thus allowing you to graduate with a dual degree with only several extra classes - some of the majors that I advise for have a lot of overlap, and a student can get a dual degree by adding only 6-7 classes. I encourage you to discuss this with an academic advisor at your institution.

Anna recommends the following next steps:

  • speak to an academic advisor at your institution.

Gwendolyn’s Answer

Updated Houston, Texas

Hi Lejla, it is also important to consider financial aid requirements, if you are going that route. Instead of double-majoring I graduated with my BFA and then worked full time for a year. I then decided to go back to finish another Bachelor's degree, but was ineligible for certain types of financial aid because I already held a Bachelor's degree. For me it would have been cheaper overall if I had just continued school until I finished classes for both majors and then graduated. Each state and person will be different, but it's worth thinking about if you want to double major. You can find more information on financial aid requirements at https://fafsa.ed.gov/.

Gwendolyn recommends the following next steps:

  • Talk with your financial aid office about your specific requirements.
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