Double Counting Credit Hours 

Students enrolled in more than one degree may double-count a limited number of credit hours toward the requirements of both degrees. Double counting of credit hours for two certificate programs is not allowed. To request double counting, a student must complete a Dual Degree Course Election Form (see below) no later than one term prior to completing the second degree. The following general guidelines apply:

  • Approved dual degree programs are listed here and in the catalog. These do not need additional faculty approval. 
  • To preserve the integrity of each degree, at least half of the minimum required credit hours for each degree must be earned in the program under a UM-Flint registration and counted solely for that degree. For example, a student enrolled in a 36-hour master's degree program may not apply more than a combination of 18 transfer and/or double-counted credit hours toward the UM-Flint program.
  • A degree program may overlap with only one other program for the purpose of double-counting credit hours. In other words, credit hours may never be counted for three or more purposes. If a student seeks a third certificate or program, it must stand alone.
  • When double-counting with a certificate program, one sixth of the minimum required hours for the Master’s/Professional degree alone can be double-counted.
  • Departments and programs may limit the double counting of credit hours below the maximum, but may not allow double counting above the limit. Some programs may not allow double counting of credit hours.
  • For students who are pursuing a doctoral degree and wish to use some credits earned in the doctoral program toward a master's degree in another field, faculty in the master's program will review the credits earned for the doctoral program to decide how many may apply toward the master's degree. No course with "doctoral," "dissertation," or "preliminary" in the title may be counted toward a master's degree.

The maximum number of credit hours that may be double-counted for a dual degree program may be determined by adding the minimum number of hours required for each program and dividing by six. For example:

Minimum credit hours required for Degree A 30
Minimum credit hours required for Degree B 36
Total 66
Maximum number that may be doubled 11

Any fraction resulting from these calculations must be rounded down to the nearest whole number of credit hours. Credit hours for a single course may not be split; a course must be double-counted in its entirety or not at all.

Double counting is allowed in cases where a student graduates from one degree program before completing the second degree. In these cases, the courses to be double-counted must have been taken no more than five years prior to the completion of the second program. Appropriate signatures from both programs must be obtained on the Dual Degree Course Election Form.


To request double counting, a student must complete a Dual Degree Course Election Form no later than one term prior to completing the second degree. Students requesting double counting need to have the form signed by faculty of both programs. The form is to be forwarded to the Dean of Graduate Programs for approval. Once approved, the dean would forward the form to the Office of the Registrar for processing of the degree audits.  Students pursuing at least one Rackham program use the Rackham Dual Degree Course Form; students pursuing two non-Rackham programs use the Dual Degree Course Election Form.