Music and Education and Social Policy

Available Degrees

Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts in Music/Bachelor of Science


Northwestern offers the opportunity to earn in five years both a bachelor of music or bachelor of arts in music degree from the Bienen School of Music and a bachelor of science degree from the School of Education and Social Policy. The program is intended for students to develop their passion for music as a tool for creating change in learning environments, human relationships, organizations, and the field of social policy. Students may select any of the Bienen School’s undergraduate majors and any of SESP’s undergraduate majors except secondary teaching.

To be considered a candidate for the dual degree program, a student must apply for and be admitted to both schools. Students typically apply for admission to this program during the regular application process prior to matriculation. To apply after arriving at Northwestern, students should contact either the assistant dean for student affairs in the Bienen School and/or the assistant dean for student affairs in the School of Education and Social Policy for application procedures.

In addition to the Undergraduate Registration Requirement (URR), students must complete all School of Education and Social Policy degree requirements as well as all Bienen School degree requirements. Curricular programs are developed after students arrive on campus, and students work closely with academic advisers from both schools to develop an individual curricular program. Each school enforces all of its policies regarding requirements. Most students follow a balanced curriculum in which about half of the coursework each quarter is done in each school.

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