Office of Academic Affairs

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

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. Please contact the admissions office at either the College or Eastman for additional information.

The University of Rochester is unique in having separate financial aid offices for Eastman and the College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering. Beginning in Fall 2022, financial aid for all new dual degree students will be administered through Eastman’s Financial Aid Office, and all dual degree students are housed in Eastman’s Student Living Center.

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.

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.