Eastman Theater at night

Dual Degree with Eastman (DDE)

About DDE

You shouldn’t have to choose between your passions in music and another discipline. The Dual Degree at Eastman (DDE) program at the University of Rochester combines the resources of the College and the Eastman School of Music. It allows you to combine your interest in music with a specific academic discipline offered at the College.

You apply separately to the world-renowned Eastman School of Music and the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering and pursue a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts or Science simultaneously. Typically, a DDE student can complete the requirements for both degrees in five years. During that time, you’ll receive focused counseling and opportunities to work closely with esteemed faculty. You also get to choose which campus (The River Campus or the Eastman School) to live on. The two campuses are just a few miles apart, and frequent shuttle buses make it easy for you to commute between them.

Music students playing the violin

Eastman School of Music

Ranked as one of the top music schools in the world, the Eastman School is just minutes from the River Campus and grants you access to world-class faculty and facilities.

Applying to DDE

You must complete separate applications to the College and to the Eastman School of Music. You must also indicate your interest in DDE through the Common Application or the Coalition for College Application to be considered a Dual Degree applicant. Depending on your intended area of interest at Eastman, a pre-screening audition at Eastman may be required. Your application is due by December 1.

Decision Notification and Timeline

  • Your admission decisions for the River Campus and the Eastman School of Music will come from the College, Eastman, or a combination, depending on the decision. Keep an eye on your inbox for both senders.
  • You can securely log in to your Eastman account and view your Dual Degree Eastman decision in the spring.
  • Accepting the ED offer from the College cannot be contingent upon your admission to the Eastman School of Music.
  • If you are not admitted into DDE, you will be notified in January and may have the option to have your application reviewed for general admission to the College. If this occurs, your application will follow the Regular Decision timeline and you’ll be notified by April 1.

Regarding Early Decision: The College offers a binding Early Decision (ED) option, but the Eastman School of Music does not. Therefore, DDE applicants are encouraged to apply ED only if they definitely plan to attend the College regardless of whether they are admitted to Eastman.

Program Perks

  • The opportunity to simultaneously pursue degrees from a world-renowned music school and a prestigious tier-one research university
  • Focused counseling from advisors at both the College and the Eastman School
  • The freedom to choose which campus to call home
Anna Lenhert DDE student

How the Dual Degree at Eastman Program Provides Stability and Variety

Read a blog post by Anna Lenhert, Dual Degree at Eastman student who studied the harp and digital media studies. She reflects on how the program offered her expanded career prospects.

Is DDE For You?

You might be a good fit for DDE if you:

  • Are committed to pursuing a professional music degree along with a degree in another discipline in the arts, sciences, or engineering.
  • Are primarily interested in a professional music curriculum and secondarily interested in an academic degree from the College.
  • Are an accomplished musician.
  • Have challenged yourself with rigorous classes (honors, AP, IB, college-level classes, etc.).
  • Do well academically (successful applicants typically have at least a 3.7 unweighted GPA and rank in the top 15 percent of their graduating class).
  • Perform well on SAT Reasoning, ACT exams, and/or other standardized tests.

What if DDE isn’t for you but you’re still interested in studying music?

The DDE program is not recommended if you’re primarily interested in gaining admission to the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. This is because the College offers its own Bachelor of Arts in music, comprised of tenured faculty from both the College and Eastman.

All students at the College have the option of taking lessons at Eastman free of charge regardless of their intended major and despite not being enrolled in a degree program at Eastman. Additionally, matriculated students at Eastman have the opportunity to take some courses through the College to support their degree at Eastman. Finally, because each school has its own Office of Admissions and its own review process, it is not uncommon for a DDE applicant to be a strong candidate for one school and not the other.

For these reasons we encourage students who are considering the Dual Degree with Eastman to thoroughly research the myriad options available at Rochester. Since each campus is less than 10 minutes apart, we recommend scheduling a visit at each of them, interviewing, and connecting with any of the departments that interest you.

Sample Schedule

Your curriculum will vary significantly based on your combination of majors. In most cases, DDE students require five academic years to complete their degrees.

Although the vast majority of classes offered in the College are four credits each, Eastman classes range from one to four credits. So, although the list of courses a DDE student takes each term may seem daunting, remember that the total number of credits isn’t significantly higher than normal.

Major at Eastman School: Applied music (violin)
Major at the College: Math

C = Course taken at the College
E = Course taken at Eastman

First Semester

Course Description
CAS 105 Reasoning & Writing (C)
CHB 181 Intro String Quartet Seminar (E)
EIC 101 Eastman Colloquium (E)
ENS 100 Large Instrumental Ensemble (E)
MTH 171Q Honors Calculus I (C)
TH 101 Model Composition & Tonal Analysis I (E)
VLN 160 Primary Violin (E)
PCL 101 Piano Class I (E)

Second Semester

Course Description
CHB 182 Intro Spring Quartet Seminar (E)
CHE 150 Green Engineering (C)
ENS 100 Large Instrumental Ensemble (E)
TH 102 Model Composition & Tonal Analysis II (E)
TH 162 Aural Musicianship II (E)
VLN 160 Primary Violin (E)
HIS 254 The American South, 1896-1945 (C)
MTH 391 Honors Calculus II (C)
PCL 102 Piano Class II (E)

Third Semester

Course Description
CHB 281 Chamber Music I: Strings (E)
ENS 100 Large Instrumental Ensemble (E)
MTH 173Q Honors Calculus III (C)
PCL 103 Piano Class III (E)
TH 201 Model Composition & Tonal Analysis III (E)
TH 261 Aural Musicianship III (E)
VLN 160 Primary Violin (E)

Fourth Semester

Course Description
CHB 282 Chamber Music II: Strings (E)
ENS 200 Advanced Instrumental Ensemble (E)
MHS 121 Music & Society: 800–1750 (E)
MTH 174Q Honors Calculus IV (C)
MTH 235H Intro to Algebra I: Honors (C)
TH 202 Model Composition & Tonal Analysis IV (E)
TH 262 Aural Musicianship IV (E)
VLN 160 Primary Violin (E)
PCL 104 Piano Class IV (E)

Fifth Semester

Course Description
CHB 281 Chamber Music I: Strings (E)
ENS 200 Advanced Instrumental Ensemble (E)
MHS 122 Music & Society: 1730–1880 (E)
MTH 201 Intro to Probability (C)
MTH 265H Functions of Real Variable: Honors (C)
VLN 160 Primary Violin (E)

Sixth Semester

Course Description
CHB 282 Chamber Music II: Strings (E)
ECO 207 Intermediate Microeconomics (C)
ENS 200 Advanced Instrumental Ensemble (E)
MHS 123 Music & Society: 1880–2000 (E)
CAS 105 Reasoning & Writing (C)
MTH 240H Intro to Topology: Honors (C)
MTH 282 Intro to Complex Variables (C)
VLN 160 Primary Violin (E)

Seventh Semester

Course Description
ENS 100 Large Instrumental Ensemble (E)
MTH 230 Number Theory
MTH 246 Set Theory and Logic (C)
TH 205 Model Composition & Post-tonal Analysis (E)
VLN 160 Primary Violin

Eighth Semester

Course Description
CHB 282 Chamber Music II: Strings (E)
ENS 100 Large Instrumental Ensemble (E)
ESM 201 Bachelor’s Degree Recital (E)
MTH 391W Cryptography Study (C)
VLNL 160 Primary Violin
MTH 218 Intro to Math Models in Life Sciences (C)
MTH 233 Mathematical Cryptography (C)
MTH 248 Theory of Graphs (C)

Ninth Semester

Course Description
ENS 251 Orchestral Repertory: Violin (E)
MTH 281 Applied Boundary Value Problems (C)
MTH 569 Topics in Analytic Number Theory (C)
PH 103 Concepts of Epidemiology (C)
STT 277 Computing: Intro to Statistical Software (C)
STT 278 Methods of Data Analysis (C)
TH 581 Computational Models of Music (E)

Tenth Semester

Course Description
ENS 252 Orchestral Repertory: Violin (E)
MTH 391 Stochastic Processes (C)
MTH 393W Honors Project (C)