Music and Engineering

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 McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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 advisers in the Undergraduate Engineering Office in the McCormick School for application procedures.

In addition to the Undergraduate Registration Requirement (URR), students must complete all McCormick School 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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NOTE: Dual degrees pursuing a Bachelor of Music follow the music requirements on the major checklist and the distribution requirements for the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science.