A second master’s degree for graduates who earned their first master’s degree at Heritage University requires that the student fulfill all the General University Course Requirements listed for the second degree. A minimum of 24 semester credits beyond the first master’s degree is required, and shall include a 3- or 4-credit special project/thesis in the specialty area, with approval of the topic by the department chair. All credits for the second degree must be taken at Heritage University, and requirements that fulfilled the first degree cannot be counted as credit toward the 24 credits required for the second master’s degree. A course of study must be approved by each respective department chair. Candidates who completed a first master’s degree at an institution other than Heritage University must complete all degree requirements for the second master’s degree.