Students admitted to the NEC/Tufts Double-Degree program complete a five-year
(ten semester) double-degree program providing curricular opportunities in music and liberal arts. The program leads to a Bachelor of Music degree from NEC and a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts. It is a challenging but rewarding program for talented students who are prepared to make a commitment to both areas of study.

Students may pursue majors in orchestral instruments, piano, composition, guitar, voice, jazz studies, or contemporary improvisation at NEC and concentrations in any area of the School of Arts & Sciences except music at Tufts.  (Please note that enrollment in the School of Engineering at Tufts is not open to participants in the NEC/Tufts double degree program.)


Students are charged according to Tufts’ undergraduate tuition (including the Tufts Activity Fee). Those living at Tufts must subscribe to Tufts’ health and insurance services and pay Tufts’ room and board; those living at NEC must take NEC’s health and insurance services and pay NEC’s room and board. Students who demonstrate comparable coverage in other insurance policies may waive the insurance portion of the package at either school.


First-year and sophomore students normally live on the Tufts campus, since they take the majority of their courses there. Exceptions must be approved through the Dean of Students’ Office at Tufts. Third-, fourth-, and fifth-year students may request Tufts dorm rooms, move into other Tufts housing, request rooms in NEC’s Residence Hall, or obtain off-campus housing.

Communications to Students

NEC provides student mailboxes in the basement of the main building for in-house mail. Students should regularly check their mailboxes, as well as departmental and ensemble bulletin boards, to stay up-to-date with important events and information at NEC. During Orientation, students must give NEC and Tufts Registrars’ Offices their local mailing addresses and phone numbers. Student should notify both NEC and Tufts of any change in local addresses and phone numbers.

Winter and Spring Vacations

Since NEC’s spring semester classes usually begin before those at Tufts, students may arrange, through Tufts’ Residential Life office, to return to Tufts early and stay in designated dorms. Student may make similar arrangements during Tufts’ and NEC’s spring vacations. No meal plans, however, are offered during vacation periods.


Tufts and NEC are about seven miles apart. It takes about one hour to go from one school to the other using public transportation, 20-40 minutes by shuttle bus, about 45 minutes by car during rush hour, and about 30 minutes by car during light traffic times.

Shuttle Bus

Tufts provides a shuttle bus that runs between Tufts (Cohen Auditorium), NEC, and the Museum School. Schedules are available in the Office of the Dean of the Colleges at Tufts and NEC. Tufts also provides a shuttle bus which runs between the Tufts campus and the Davis Square stop on the MBTA’s Red Line. The shuttle bus does not run when NEC is not in session. For more information, students may contact Kathy Williams-Havey at 617-627-3983.

Public Transportation

From Tufts to NEC

Take the Red Line to the Orange Line (Downtown Crossing) and get off at Mass. Ave.

or at night

Take the Red Line to Park and the Green Line (E train) to Symphony or Northeastern


take the 80 bus to Lechmere, then the E train to Symphony or Northeastern.

From NEC to Tufts

Take the Green Line to Lechmere, then the 80 bus to Tufts


take the Orange Line from Mass. Ave. to Downtown Crossing, then the Red Line (outbound) to Davis. Tufts is a ten-minute walk from Davis, or you can take the Tufts campus shuttle, the 96 or the 94 bus up College Ave. to Tufts.

Find general information on directions to the NEC campus.