Second Degree Studies

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Who Can Apply?

Students who have graduated with a degree from the University of Toronto, or another accredited university, may apply in accordance with posted deadlines to begin a second degree.

Before applying, students are urged to consider if a second degree is required for their purposes. Applying to graduate school and need a higher GPA? An additional year as a non-degree student may satisfy admission requirements for graduate school.


Students who successfully apply for a second degree may pursue either an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Honours BA) or an Honours Bachelor of Science (Honours BSc) degree.

A second degree may not include a program(s) in any of the same discipline(s) as the first degree. For example:

  • A student awarded a first Honours BA including a program in English may not pursue a second Honours BA including a program in English
  • A student awarded a first Honours BSc including a program in Psychology may not pursue a second Honours BSc including a program in Psychology.

Pursuing a second degree in a limited enrolment program:

  • Students may need to complete prerequisite courses as a non-degree student prior to entering the second degree.
  • Review program requirements in the Calendar and consult with Admissions & Student Recruitment regarding eligibility to apply to the program for a second degree

Transfer Credits, Courses & GPA

  • Students beginning a second degree are normally exempted from first year of the degree requirements by being granted 5.0 credits towards the completion of the degree (4.0 credits at the A-level and 1.0 credits at the B-level), regardless of the number of previous degrees held. To earn the second degree, students must complete a minimum further 15.0 credits as U of T Scarborough students. 
  • Second-degree candidates may not repeat courses taken in a previous degree; however, they may count such courses towards satisfying prerequisite and program requirements with the approval of the department offering the program.
  • Candidacy in a new degree program of study will be established, and a new grade point average will commence with the second degree courses. 
  • Students are governed by the rules in place at U of T Scarborough at the time they commence their second degree.

Restricted Programs

  • A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) may not be pursued as a second degree; however, students who have completed a BBA as a first degree may pursue an Honours BA or BSc as a second degree.
  • Programs that accept first-year entry only are not eligible for admission.

Application Procedure - Second Degree Studies

To apply to complete a second degree at U of T Scarborough please submit your request through eservice.  Before applying, please refer to the UTSC’s application deadlines.  If you have any questions, contact us at

If you graduated from the University of Toronto (St. George or U of T Mississauga), you will apply through an internal application.

If you completed your undergraduate studies at another accredited university, you will apply for a second degree using the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) application.