NEC/Tufts double degree students must complete a minimum of 82 credit hours
at NEC, including requirements in studio, ensemble, chamber music, and core requirements in music history, studio instruction, ensemble, music theory, professional artists seminar, and departmental requirements depending on the major.

Students fulfill all liberal arts requirements at Tufts (except Tufts' arts distribution). Students take 24 course credits (one course equals one course credit), including foundation, distribution, and Tufts major requirements. Foundation and distribution requirements include writing, foreign language*, world civilization, humanities, social science, math, and natural science.

* Foreign language requirement may be fulfilled with 6 credits in one language, or 3 in one and 3 in another, or 3 in a language and 3 in a single culture (except students majoring in Vocal Performance at NEC).

Credit may be granted toward fulfillment of foundation and distribution requirements in any area on the basis of AP credits or credit from the International Baccalaureate.

For additional information, students should refer to NEC degree requirements by department & major and/or NEC course distribution sheets (provided at Orientation), the NEC Academic Catalog, and the Tufts Bulletin for the year students enter the program.

An overview of general credit distribution between the two schools may be found at NEC/Tufts sample degree requirements.

Residency Requirement

Double-degree candidates must be full-time students between the two institutions, and pay Tufts’ full-time tuition, for 10 semesters. One or two semesters may include study abroad. (Interested students should speak with their studio teacher at NEC and their advisor at the each institution.) In special circumstances, some students may be approved to complete both degrees in fewer than 10 semesters, but this is a rare exception. Tufts and NEC must confer the two degrees at the same time.


At NEC, students are advised according to their major. Academic Advisors are located in the Office of Student Services in the St. Botolph Building. Studio teachers also serve as informal advisors; in some departments, department chairs serve in this capacity.

At Tufts, Associate Dean Jeanne Dillon, in the Office of the Dean of the Colleges, serves as premajor advisor for the BA/BS degree until the middle of the fourth semester when they choose advisors within their fields. Jeanne Dillon also serves as administrative coordinator for double degree students throughout the five years, advising in areas of housing, academic calendar, and scheduling between the two schools.

NEC’s peer advisor leaders (PALs) and Tufts’ host advisors are students in the double-degree program who offer advice to double-degree students. They meet with new students during Orientation, give general information about the program, and help with scheduling and registration.

Tufts and NEC advisors have created a five-year program outline. We advise new students to sketch a preliminary course plan for their five years, and then revise this with their major advisor at Tufts in the second or third years. Before they register each semester, students should see their academic advisors at both schools to discuss their options.

Registration and Add/Drop Procedures

NEC allows double-degree students to register before other undergraduate students, to reduce the risk of scheduling complications resulting from closed classes. Double-degree students may drop classes at NEC, with no record on their transcripts, up to six class days after classes begin at Tufts. This often means that students may drop NEC classes after the NEC add/drop deadline. This policy applies only to dropping classes; adding classes at NEC must be done within NEC’s designated add/drop periods.