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Second Degree Studies


Students with a recognized undergraduate degree, from UBC or elsewhere, may apply to pursue a Bachelor of Arts as a second degree. Applications are evaluated in accordance with the requirements for Admission from Post-Secondary study; see Admission and Transfer.

Admitted students are given Year 3 standing, and should be prepared to choose a degree program option prior to registration. Transfer credit is not awarded; see Transfer and Exchange Credit. Students are advised to consult Arts Academic Advising upon admission.

Those whose previous study was in an Arts discipline should note that they may not complete a second degree in the same discipline. Students planning to take courses prerequisite to another degree or professional program should consult that program for admission requirements, and may wish to consider Unclassified studies.


Second degree students must complete a minimum of 60 UBC credits. These must include no fewer than 48 upper-level credits, all of which must be taken while registered in the Bachelor of Arts degree program. A minimum of 36 credits must be taken within the Faculty of Arts.

A maximum of 12 credits completed through Unclassified Studies at UBC Vancouver, and any unused credits from a previous UBC Vancouver degree program, may be applied toward the second degree with the permission of Arts Advising. While these credits may be used to satisfy degree and program requirements, including total credits, they may not be used to reduce the number of upper-level credits students must complete while registered in the B.A. second degree program.

Degree Requirements

Second degree students must fulfill normal B.A. degree requirements, with the exception of the Outside Requirement, and with the modification of the Arts Credit Minimum Requirement to 36 credits, as above.

Courses completed through prior study may exempt the student from degree requirements or lower-level course requirements for the second degree, but do not reduce the minimum credit requirement.

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