Second Bachelor?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Disciple, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. Disciple

    Disciple New Member

    I heard that it is possible to study for a so called "2nd Bachelor".

    Is this Bachelor in its field of the same value like a "first" Bachelor?
  2. Jeff Hampton

    Jeff Hampton New Member

    There are many accredited schools that will grant a second bachelor's degree for +/-30 additional hours in a particular disipline.

    This may be a good course of action in a few cases. However, in most cases, if you already have a Bacheor's degree, you would be far better off earning a Master's degree in the discipline in which you are interested, even if it means taking some additional prerequisite courses.
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  3. Disciple

    Disciple New Member

    Is it legal to say "Mr. Xyz, B.A." if that BA is just a 2nd Bachelor and the first is BS for example?
  4. Jeff Hampton

    Jeff Hampton New Member

    Yes, legal and ethical. A second regionally accredited bachelor's degree is just as legitimate as a first.
  5. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    Speaking of second bachelor's degrees, is the Bachelor of Divinity still around?
  6. Disciple

    Disciple New Member

    Thanks for your answers!
  7. P. Kristian Mose

    P. Kristian Mose New Member

    While we're on the subject, can I assume I could receive a second bachelor's degree from TESC in philosophy just for completing the maybe 3 philosophy courses missing from my first BA? (I was working on a double major in music and philosophy and never quite finished this second major.)

    And here's a purely theoretical, slightly goofy query. Could someone hand in all their BA transcripts (from an RA school) to a place like Excelsior, COSC or TESC, and simply purchase a second, identical BA for the cost of the evaluation? I don't know why one would, except just for the fun of saying you had the second degree.

    I don't believe they require 30 credits minimum at their school, but do they require any minimum work completed anew at all?

  8. Myoptimism

    Myoptimism New Member

    I don't know about TESC, but Excelsior requires a minimum of 30 additional credits. I would assume TESC, along with COSC, also has this requirement.
  9. Hille

    Hille Active Member

    2nd Bachelor in Business

    Hello, I am tagging a question on this post. Does anyone know if it is possible to get a second degree in Business with a different 18 credit focus? Thanks. I have made this inquiry to TESC also. Hille
  10. Myoptimism

    Myoptimism New Member

    Hi Hille,

    They might. They say this...
    When you look at their Undergraduate programs >> Areas of Study page you will notice that TESC lists the options under the BSBA exactly as it lists the options under the BA, or the BSHS, or the BSHuS, et cetera. So, if they would allow one to get a second BA, why wouldn't they allow one to get a second BSBA (for both instances in different areas of study, obviously)? It might be worth arguing the point if they don't have a spelled out policy about it.

    FWIW, Excelsior does allow one to earn a second business degree.

  11. Dennis Ruhl

    Dennis Ruhl member

    If you can take a quickie bachelors by testing, go for it.

    If you are going to enroll in 10 courses to do it, take 10 different courses and get a masters.
  12. HJLogan

    HJLogan New Member

    I got a second BA because I went to one of the few Canadian Universities that still offered a 3-year BA (they got rid of this shortly after I graduated) and I found myself needing to return to do an honours year in order to get into an MA programme. Instead of upping my BA (ordinary) in Anthropology I decided to do a couple of extra classes beyond what I would have needed for an honours certificate and received a BA (Honours) in Linguistics. This combination has proved worthwhile (along with the MA I followed them with) and allowed me to teach at colleges in a variety of departments.

  13. roy maybery

    roy maybery New Member

    Yes, as far as I know the University of London external degree programme offers Bachelor of Divinity.
    Roy Maybery
  14. cmt

    cmt New Member

    You will need to complete 30 NEW credits for a second BS/BA unrelated to your first major/concentration. That is, at least 30 credits earned AFTER the first degree was awarded. This goes for all three schools mentioned.

    One who is planning to earn two degrees in one year,
  15. cmt

    cmt New Member

    I forgot to mention that each of the three will let you use about 6 credits from the first major/concentration in the second, but most (not sure of TESC) still require at least 30 new ones even if they aren't all in the major. Did that make sense?
  16. uncle janko

    uncle janko member

    Hi Nosborne: No, in the US the Bachelor of Divinity was uniformly renamed Master of Divinity perhaps 35 years ago. When I was in seminary in the 80s, there were a few Canadian seminaries which granted the Bachelor of Divinity to a handful of students who somehow lacked a bachelor's, but were admitted to the 3-4 year grad program anyway. The term may still be in use in the UK--it seems like I saw it in the University of London DL material.

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