All general education requirements have been satisfied by students who have earned their first baccalaureate degree. UW System policy requires that every student complete an ethnic studies course. If this was not done as part of the first degree, it must be fulfilled for the second degree. Students cannot earn a second baccalaureate degree in the same major (different emphasis) as their first baccalaureate degree.

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A graduate who has earned one baccalaureate degree at UWL and who subsequently becomes a candidate for a second baccalaureate degree must meet all core, professional and major requirements for the second degree and must earn at least 30 resident credits beyond the first degree. (Resident credits means credit registered for and earned through UWL.)

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Students with a previously earned baccalaureate degree from another regionally accredited institution must meet all core, professional and major requirements for the second degree and must earn at least 30 resident credits beyond the first degree. (Resident credits means credit registered for and earned through UWL.)

How to apply

Apply to UW-La Crosse through the UW System Online Application.

  • At the “Reason for Applying” section, select “2nd Undergraduate Degree."
  • The UW System has a helpful document as well as  "Video Hints" outlining application procedures.
  • Students who have a college degree and desire to undertake further study to earn a second undergraduate major, to qualify for teaching certification, or to remove deficiencies, must complete the first two pages of the UW System application and submit one official transcript of all previous college work.
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Second major or minor policy

A graduate who has earned one baccalaureate degree at UWL, who wishes to complete the requirements for another major and/or minor, must meet all professional and major/minor requirements. A notation will be made on the student’s transcript that an additional major/minor has been completed. Students with demonstrated evidence of a previously earned baccalaureate degree from another regionally accredited institution, who wish to complete the requirements for another major/minor at UWL, must enroll as a special non-degree student and fulfill all professional and major/minor requirements. If all required courses are earned in residence, a notation will be made on the student’s transcript indicating an additional major/minor has been completed.

Seeking a second-degree vs. seeking an additional major or minor.

An additional major can be earned without fulfilling the requirements for a second degree. Thus, students do not have to be degree-seeking to obtain an additional major or minor, but they are required to be degree-seeking to earn another degree. 

Credits and approval

Students wishing to use credits from their first degree to fulfill requirements of a second degree must obtain approval from the dean of the college in which they are enrolled. 

Dean's office locations:
College of Business Administration: 138 Wimberly Hall
College of Liberal Studies: 235 Morris Hall
College of Science and Health: 105 Graff Main Hall