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Dual Degrees

Guidelines for Developing Graduate Dual Degrees with The Ohio State University

The Graduate School is interested in the prospect of developing dual masters and PhD degrees with universities internationally when certain conditions apply. Initial efforts will concentrate on existing degrees and structures and agreements that can be accommodated within current degree requirements to expedite the development and approval of dual degree programs. The general intent is to have students spend approximately 50% of their time in residence at each institution.

  1. Dual program agreements should build on the academic standing of both universities. The collaboration should enhance each institution's competitive advantage in the discipline as well as their international standing, while nurturing outstanding research that leads faculty and students to scholarly and professional training in an international setting.
  2. Institutions should be compatible. The quality of both overall institution and programs within the institution should match, and interest must exist at all levels, from individual faculty members to departments to the university's administration. Thus there must be a "fit" between partners at all of these different levels.
  3. Both universities should be engaged in the formulation and monitoring of the dual degree program with faculty and staff from both institutions contributing to the establishment of program parameters, goals and objectives.
  4. The reciprocal nature of the agreement should be addressed in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and ensure an equitable participation of students and faculty from both institutions. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is the unit charged with coordinating the process leading to final approval and signing of any international MOA or similar contract (See Appendix for criteria for signing an MOA). 

    Submitting Proposed MOA for Final Review: OIA receives the final MOA text (in English and, where applicable, in an equivalent non-English version verified for translation accuracy, and the completed MOA support documentation); and coordinates final review and signing of MOA following the standard templates. (See appendix.)

    The final draft of the MOA is reviewed and signed by:

    I. Office of International Affairs (OIA, review, no signature)
    II. Office of Legal Affairs (review, no signature)
    III. Office of Research Compliance (review, no signature)
    IV. Graduate School (review, signature if appropriate)
    V. Office of Business and Finance (this signature is mandatory -BOT resolution 99-14)

    If any aspect requires revision, the process is reverted to the level where the difficulty can be addressed. OIA will assist the partners in this process. Complete information about International Agreement guidelines, policies, and processes is found on the website of the Office of International Affairs.
  5. It is expected that students will meet admissions criteria, maintain good academic standing and complete all degree requirements per the established guidelines at each university.
  6. Students must demonstrate adequate language skills to function in both institutions. Specifics of language levels must be negotiated at the time of agreement.
  7. Each program will be responsible for ensuring the appropriate enrollment status for visiting students and establishing the protocol for the paying of stipends, tuition, and fees based on the relevant rules and regulations of the respective universities. Course and program planning for each student is the co-responsibility of the program advisors at each institution. In addition, balance of tuition must be maintained. Thus tuition shall be proportional to the instructional and research time spent by a student at each institution.
  8. Thesis/Dissertation committees will be comprised of faculty members from both institutions and result in one dissertation being submitted to each university as partial fulfillment of degree requirements. A diploma from each institution will be awarded to the student. All research, inventions, and technologies developed as part of the dual degree program will be jointly held by the two institutions. (Note: in each case, clauses 9 & 10 below will be inserted directly into the text of the actual agreement). Each party reserves the right to publish the results of this collaboration. Before submission for publication, however, each party shall notify the other of its intention to publish, and shall submit the manuscript to the other party for review and comment. The reviewing party shall have thirty (30) days from receipt of the manuscript to present any written comments to the other party. The reviewing party's comments shall be given due consideration by the other party. The publication of the results may be delayed at the reviewing party's written request for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days if it contains a disclosure of an invention(s) on which either party desires to file a United States or foreign patent. It is understood that in no case can this provision for delay of publication cause a delay in the normal academic progress of a graduate student of either party with respect to preparation and submission of a graduate thesis or dissertation. Any ownership of inventions will be determined pursuant to US or (partner country) patent laws.
  9. All parties must comply with all applicable export control laws and regulations and no party may export or allow the export or re-export of any information or item when to do so would constitute a violation of those laws or regulations.
  10. Degrees should be dual, not joint, i.e. they should emerge from coursework and research completed at both institutions and result in one dissertation that is recognized by degrees granted by both institutions.