Award of Degrees

First Associate Degree
If a student has completed an undergraduate, advanced or professional degree from a regionally accredited institution and applies for an associate degree, he/she must complete a minimum of 12 credits in the option beyond credits completed on the date the most recent degree, regardless of academic level, was awarded.  The student must also meet all requirements specific to the degree. 

First Simultaneous Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees
Students who desire both a Thomas Edison State University associate degree and a Thomas Edison State University baccalaureate degree may have both degrees awarded together in the same graduation cycle. 

Second Associate Degree
Students who have received one associate degree from a regionally accredited institution and wish to earn a second associate degree must: 

  • Complete a minimum of 12 additional credits for a second associate degree beyond the date the most recent degree, regardless of academic level, was conferred.
  • Additional credits must be earned in the degree option or area of study where an option or area of study is part of the degree.
  • Students must complete all requirements for the degree as listed in the current Thomas Edison State University Catalog.

First Baccalaureate Degree
Students who have earned a baccalaureate  degree from a regionally accredited institution must follow the policies and procedures under “Second Baccalaureate Degree.”  A student may have completed an associate degree or degrees prior to earning his/her first baccalaureate degree.

Enrollment in a First Baccalaureate Degree After Earning a Graduate Degree
If a student has earned a graduate or a professional degree from a regionally accredited institution, but has not earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, the student must:

  • Complete a minimum of 24 credits in the area of study and/or core of the baccalaureate degree. These credits must be earned after the date the most recent degree, regardless of academic level, was conferred.
  • Complete all the general education requirements required for the baccalaureate degree.
  • Complete all other baccalaureate degree requirements as listed in the current Thomas Edison State University Catalog.

Second Baccalaureate Degree
Students who have received one baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and wish to earn a second baccalaureate degree must:

  • Complete a minimum of 24 credits.  These credits must be in the area of study and/or core of the degree.  These credits must be earned after the date the most recent degree, regardless of academic level, was conferred.
  • Additionally, students must complete all other degree requirements as listed in the current Thomas Edison State University Catalog.

The University will not award a third associate or baccalaureate degree.

Second and Subsequent Master's Degree
Students who hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution may earn another master’s degree under the following conditions:

  • Students may apply no more than 12 graduate semester hours of credits from any previously earned, regionally accredited master’s degree(s) toward the new master’s degree.
  • Students must also adhere to any additional degree and transfer credit policies imposed by the School in which their degree is to be earned.