Admission Process Overview

Carnegie Mellon offers three BXA Intercollege Degree Programs:

The BXA programs allow students who demonstrate interest and accomplishment in the fine arts, as well as the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences or computer science, to explore beyond the traditional academic major, or integrate more than one field of study across disciplines. These programs foster the creativity of students who explore innovative approaches to the academic environments of two colleges. The BXA programs
are not a double-major or dual degree, but an intercollege degree program.

To be considered for the BXA programs, you must apply and be admitted to BOTH a school within the College of Fine Arts and either the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mellon College of Science or School of Computer Science. Please follow the specific requirements for the particular fine arts school(s) you're applying to. Applicants should also detail their interdisciplinary goals in both areas and how the BXA programs would provide the opportunity and framework to accomplish these goals in their Carnegie Mellon essay. Students selected for the BXA programs will recieve notification in their admission decision letter.

School of Drama majors available to BXA students are:

  • Drama Design
  • Directing
  • Dramaturgy
  • Production Technology and Management

School of Music majors available to BXA students are:

  • Music Performance (instrumental, piano, composition, voice)
  • Composition
  • Musicology 
  • Music Technology