5 HBCU Dual Degree Partnership Programs

by Kelly Lewis

Are two degrees better than one? This has become the question for many students who have a particular interest in dual degree programs. Dual degree programs offer opportunities for students to receive the strengths of both institutions. Which include: greater resources, access to professors, and a chance to broaden your social capital and educational network. Unlike Major/Minor programs or double majoring, dual degree programs require students to specialize in two concentrations at the highest caliber of both subjects at multiple institutions. This week’s MSI Line Up highlights some of the dual degree programs available at HBCUs.

1) Engineering 3+2 Dual Degree Program

North Carolina State University’s College of Engineering has partnered with Fayetteville State University (FSU) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) to increase access to STEM education. Both institutions educate a large proportion of the underserved population in the State of North Carolina. Students within the program have the opportunity to earn their first bachelor’s of science degree in a STEM field offered their school for the first three years. The following two years they will complete a degree at North Carolina State University where they will earn an additional degree in engineering. Click FSU or NCCU to learn more about the program.

2) Dual Degree Engineering Program (DDEP)

Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Xavier University have formed a partnership with Georgia Tech College of Engineering.  Students participating in the DDEP program will attend their university for the first three years and the last two years at Georgia Tech. Each school has their own requirements for participating. Students who participate in the Georgia Tech College of Engineering DDEP Program will earn a bachelor’s degree from their home institutions and Georgia Tech College of Engineering. More information can be found here.

3) HBCU Fellowship Initiative

Columbia University School of Professional Studies has partnered with eleven HBCUs across the country. The program is available to high-achieving undergraduate seniors who are selected by their home institution to participate. The fellowship allows students to receive a master’s degree from a variety of professional programs. These programs include Construction Administration, Applied Analytics, Bioethics, Enterprise Risk Management, Nonprofit Management, and Strategic Communication.  If the Ivy League degree is not enough, full tuition and housing, corporate internships, industry mentor, and more are offered. To see if your school qualifies, click here.

4) Engineering 3+2/3+3 Dual Degree Program

Harris-Stowe State University and Saint Louis University are joining forces to offer students a dual degree in mathematics and engineering. The goal of the partnership is to increase the number of underrepresented graduates in STEM fields. Harris-Stowe State University students have the option of receiving interdisciplinary engineering, mechanical or computer science degree following the competition of three years at their house institution. For those students interested in a mechanical or computer science degree, three years at Saint Louis University is required.

5) North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (HBCU) and Six HBCUs

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University offer six HBCUs the opportunity to obtain a second degree in engineering or computer science. Students participating in the program will receive their first degree at their home school then transfer to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Participating schools include Bennett College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, North Carolina Central University, Spelman College, and Xavier University.

Do you know any other HBCU dual degree programs? Share in the comments below!

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