Second Bachelor’s Degree

Earn a Second Baccalaureate Degree at Eastern!

Are you thinking about switching careers, or want to enhance the one you have by enrolling in a certificate program? Perhaps you want to pursue a master’s degree in a field different from your bachelor’s and need to take a number of prerequisite courses before applying to graduate school?  Or are you someone who either minored in a subject, or developed an interest in one post-baccalaureate, that you would now like to engage in more fully for self-edifying reasons?

If any of the above scenarios apply to you, earning a second baccalaureate degree at Eastern Connecticut State University may be the route for you to take in acquiring the knowledge and experience you’re seeking. While certificate programs may give you additional credentialing, if they are non-credit bearing and not applicable to a degree, you would be ineligible for federal financial aid. Furthermore, in the time it would take you to earn a certificate, you could be halfway towards earning a second degree at Eastern Connecticut State University.

The benefits of the Second Baccalaureate Degree Program at Eastern for International Students

If you’re an international student who is wishing to pursue graduate study in the United States who needs to first either complete a baccalaureate at an American college/university or gain the necessary prerequisites before admittance into an American graduate program, the second baccalaureate degree at Eastern Connecticut State University would be an ideal option for you. Not only would you have the added prestige of having an American baccalaureate degree while working towards your master’s degree, but it may be possible for you to complete the second degree in a year’s time, depending upon the major you pursue.

Programs of Study

There are over thirty majors at Eastern Connecticut State University from which to pursue a second baccalaureate. Some of the more popular first/second baccalaureate combinations have been Business Administration/Accounting; Biology/Health Sciences; Sociology/Criminology; English/New Media Studies; and Communication/Labor Relations & Human Resource Management. Students may focus their second degree in the same School (Arts & Sciences or Education & Professional Studies) as their first one as long as they meet Eastern’s 30-credit residency. Please see to review the majors and their course offerings.

Degree Requirements

In order to earn a Second Baccalaureate Degree at Eastern, students must:

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree (120 credits minimum) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Meet the minimum 30-credit residency
  • Complete all requirements for the major, with at least 15 credits of the major completed at Eastern

Students who already hold a baccalaureate degree from Eastern may earn a second baccalaureate degree by fulfilling all undergraduate requirements, accumulating a minimum of 150 credits, fulfilling a minimum 60-credit residency, and meeting all the requirements of the second major, with at least 15 credits in the second major earned at Eastern.

For More Information

Inquiries from international students or students who obtained a baccalaureate degree from outside the United States should contact the Office of Admissions at 860-465-5286 or email

Students who are Eastern graduates or graduates from an American college or university should contact June Dunn, Assistant Dean of the Office of Continuing Studies & Enhanced Learning, at 860-465-0206 or email