Dual Degree Information

Some students wish to undertake the bachelor of music degree, but have such strong interests in another field that they also wish to complete the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. The fact that Eastman is a school within the University of Rochester makes such combined degree programs possible.

Eastman is one of the professional schools of the University. In addition to Eastman, the University has a division known as the College, which offers the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Science degree. Students who want to apply to the BM degree program at Eastman should contact the Office of Admissions at Eastman directly. Students who wish to apply to other degree programs, including the BA with a concentration in music, should apply to the University through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the College.

For more information concerning admission to the College degree programs, contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Wallis Hall
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627-0251.
Phone: 585-275-3221 or toll-free, 1-888-822-2256.
Website: www.rochester.edu

Applicants who wish to obtain both a BM degree from Eastman and a BA or BS degree from the College must complete two separate application processes. Admission to Eastman is based on different criteria and requires a different application with an earlier deadline (December 1) than admission to the College. Admission to Eastman does not require admission to the College. Students who complete a Part I application to the College and who indicate on it an interest in a degree at Eastman have not applied to Eastman. Financial aid at the two schools is based on different criteria and policies. (College-based awards such as the Meliora are valid only when the applicant enrolls at the College; such awards are not applicable to Eastman students who are not dual degree students.)

This autonomy of admission processes gives each school the latitude to enroll its ideal students. At Eastman we define our ideal student as a passionate and talented musician with a high level of musical and academic achievement, and with the self-discipline and intellectual curiosity to become a successful professional in many diverse career paths.

Once applicants are successfully admitted to Eastman and to the College according to the individual criteria of each division, they are considered dual degree students of the University. Advisers on each campus are assigned to these students to coordinate the two degree programs.

Completing two degrees at the same time is extremely challenging. Generally about 10% of an entering class begins work on two degrees. Almost half that number actually completes the two degrees. Most often this is because the intensity of both degree programs allows these students to see more clearly where their interests lie. A dual degree program works best when the student is equally passionate about two different fields and is dedicated and disciplined enough to undertake the challenge.

Dual degree students often take more than eight semesters to complete both degrees, especially if one of the two majors is in music education, the natural sciences, or engineering. Summer study can accelerate the time to completion of the degree programs. Financial aid is provided for up to 10 semesters. If, however, the student’s status changes after matriculation (either by dropping one degree program or adding a second degree program later), financial aid will be reevaluated according to the general guidelines of each division within the University.