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  • Policy Number: SP.06.019
  • Version: Original
  • Drafted By: Student Academic Policies and Procedures
  • Approved By: Richard R. Rush
  • Approval Date:
  • Effective Date:
  • Supersedes:


The policy will clarify the requirements that must be satisfied to earn a second or subsequent baccalaureate degree.


EO 665 Determination of Competence in English and Mathematics;
Title 5 s 40405. General Education -Breadth Objectives.,
Title 5 s 40405.4. Procedures for Implementing Programs to Meet General Education Requirements.;
Title 5 s 40500. Bachelor of Arts Degree: Required Curriculum.;
Title 5 s 40501. Bachelor of Science Degree: Required Curriculum.;
Title 5 s 41000. Admission to Post-Baccalaureate Standing: Unclassified.



University Registrar


All CSU Channel Islands post-baccalaureate students seeking a second or subsequent baccalaureate degree. This policy does not apply to undergraduate students seeking a double-major or double degree.


Discipline: Program of study.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR): All students subject to the degree requirements of the 1977-78 or subsequent general catalogs must demonstrate competence in writing skills at the upper division level as a requirement for the baccalaureate degree and, if not previously met in the CSU, for a second baccalaureate degree. 

Units in Residence: Units taken at CSUCI excluding Open University and Extension credit


Students seeking a second or subsequent baccalaureate degree must satisfy all requirements for the degree. However, as post baccalaureate students, they are also subject to additional requirements.

To be eligible for admission as a Second Baccalaureate degree candidate, students must:

  1. hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  2. have a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in their last 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units).

Degree Requirements:

  • Students must satisfy all requirements for the degree, including any current General Education requirements/graduation requirements not previously met.
  • Students must meet all applicable Title V requirements.
  • Students must satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement.
  • Students must complete requirements in a discipline in which no degree has previously been granted. Courses previously applied to another degree may be used to satisfy content requirements, but cannot be used to satisfy unit requirements of the post-baccalaureate degree. • Students must complete a minimum of 30 units in residence, including 24 units in upper division courses, which includes 12 units in the major.
  • Students must maintain at least a 2.00 grade point average in all courses taken to remain in good academic standing.
  • Students are not eligible for University honors, but may be eligible for major program or other honors.
  • Programs must approve all course work used to satisfy major degree requirements

In addition:

  • Courses taken as part of a second baccalaureate degree cannot be utilized to meet graduate degree requirements.
  • Academic Programs may enforce specific time limits on courses taken prior to the second or subsequent degree.
  • Excess course credit not used in the primary degree may be utilized in the second or subsequent degree. Specific courses may be waived and other courses substituted.



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