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Dual Degree Programs


Dual degree programs (DDPs) at the University of Toronto comprise two existing, approved degree programs:

  1. one offered by the University of Toronto
  2. the other by an international peer institution

DDPs allow students to study in two approved degree programs at the same time and complete the requirements of both. This provides a distinctive academic benefit to the student through academic enrichment, student mobility, academic acceleration, etc. DDPs build on a strong academic rationale or synergy between the programs in the combination.

Each DDP is governed by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) developed and signed by representatives of the University of Toronto and the international peer institution.

How Do I...

Create a New Dual Degree Program

A new DDP creates an approved pathway for students to complete two existing degree programs. As such, it is similar to a combined degree program (CDP) and, like a CDP, is considered a major modification under the University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP).

A proposal for a new DDP should be developed in close consultation with the Dean’s office of the Faculty or division responsible for the existing University of Toronto program and the VPAP office. This process assumes that:

  1. the two programs that will comprise the DDP already exist and have been approved by all institutional and external bodies as required.
  2. the DDP will not require the international peer institution to offer any program (in whole or in part) in Ontario.
Modify a Dual Degree Program

Modifications to the University of Toronto degree program that is part of a DDP are handled through normal minor or major modification processes.

Modifications that could affect the progression of students in the DDP should be flagged prior to governance approval. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for each DDP will outline how program changes that could affect the admission or progression of students in the DDP are communicated and addressed.

The MOA for each DDP will also outline how changes to the DDP admission or progression processes or requirements are developed and approved. Most academic changes to DDPs are minor modifications.

Review a Dual Degree Program

The University of Toronto degree program that is part of the DDP is subject to cyclical review under the UTQAP. DDPs are not separately subject to cyclical review because they represent only an approved pathway to complete two programs. The arrangements that support DDPs are reviewed prior to renewal of the MOA. The timing of and provisions for review are outlined in the MOA.

Where Can I Get Help With Proposal Development or Other Questions?

Help for Dean’s Offices

For advice on individual proposals and existing DDPs, contact Daniella Mallinick and Jennifer Francisco in the VPAP office.

For advice on international strategy and to find out more about existing relationships with international institutions, visit International, Government and Institutional Relations (IGIR).

Help for Faculty Proponents and Program Administrators

Your first point of contact is your Dean’s office. Your Dean’s office will make contact with the VPAP office at an early stage to launch the parallel proposal and MOA development processes, or to discuss existing DDPs.

Where Can I...

Get Advice on Other International Opportunities for Students?

If you are aware of other international opportunities that would be appropriate to include here, please email Daniella Mallinick.

*Note: at this time the University of Toronto does not offer international joint degree programs (i.e., for-credit degree programs leading to a single parchment jointly conferred by the University of Toronto and an international partner institution).


Diagram: development and approval process for dual degree programs (PDF)

Template: major modification proposal for dual degree program (Word)

University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP)


Daniella Mallinick
Director, Academic Programs, Planning & Quality Assurance

Jennifer Francisco
Coordinator Academic Change