Double Major at Wharton and Minor at CAS

I wanted to check whether it is possible to do a double concentration at Wharton and combine it with a minor at CAS? For example - Healthcare Management with Social Impact (Wharton) and Philosophy minor at CAS?

Or do a single concentration at Wharton and minor at CAS?

Yes, it is absolutely possible to have two concentrations within Wharton and a minor in one of the other colleges and still graduate within four years.

Make sure to apply to Wharton, as it’s much, much harder to get into than CAS (there is an internal transfer process, but it’s competitive.)

If you’re interested in applying to the Nursing/Healthcare Management dual-degree program, there appears to be an application route for HS Seniors:

Thank you for your reply. Yes, I am planning to apply to Wharton. I guess my question had to do with whether I would be locked into Wharton concentrations and whether I could still pursue other interests like studying Philosophy and Latin through CAS. I wasn’t sure if it is allowed, the website is confusing and doesn’t make this clear. From the earlier reply, it sounds doable.

I have also heard of people completing a Bachelor’s and Masters in four years. What is the procedure for that?

I go to Brown, not Penn; but I believe you’re referring to sub-matriculation, which is mainly for Masters degrees, though there are some professional degrees offered (which obviously take longer than 4 years.) You usually apply in your Junior/Senior year to sub-matriculate, though there are some dual-degree programs that build this into their curriculum (Seven-Year Bio/Dental, Vagelos Molecular Life Sciences etc.) You’ll likely have to apply as a HS Senior in-order to participate in the coordinated dual-degree programs, so make sure to take a look at the Admissions Website (linked below.)

Here’s further information from CAS about the program and the participating departments:

Peen Dual-Degree Programs:

Sub-matriculation is not for the faint of heart: it’s a serious commitment and I would highly discourage you from contemplating a double-major, a minor, AND a Masters to boot. IMO choose a singular major, the Masters, and potentially the minor if you have free electives and feel like the work is manageable.

My son has a double concentration as well as minor, so I know that’s realistic. I just asked him, and he has heard of students getting a Master’s in five years but thinks four years would only be possible is with extra courses each semester as well as summer school. He’s not sure it is permitted.

If you don’t mind my asking, what double concentrations is your son pursuing and what is his minor?

Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I can certainly see that trying to do a undergrad double concentration with Masters would certainly be hard. One would also have to be very clear in their mind about what they want to do.

I am interested in the dual degree LSM program, ideally hoping to do the concentration in healthcare management with Biology and a minor in classical studies.

Since LSM is very competitive, my 2nd choice would be Wharton, but I’m not sure if I can replicate this track

@snsh5713 I agree that it is hard to replicate it, but think long and hard about why you want these masters or dual degrees. The coordinated dual degrees are an amazing opportunity to get an interdisciplinary education when you want to work at the intersection of multiple fields, or at least study these two fields rigorously with some long-term purpose. If you are merely trying to work in business but explore other fields, Wharton’s curriculum offers a lot of room for you to take courses in the sciences and humanities.