Major in More than Music with CWRU

The CIM dual degree program enables CIM students to pursue a second full degree at our partner institution, Case Western Reserve University. After five years of study, students in the program receive a Bachelor of Music degree from CIM, and a second bachelor’s degree in a major offered at Case Western Reserve University. Some CIM students also pursue an academic minor through course studies at Case Western Reserve University. Declaration of a minor is made at a later date post-enrollment.


The application for this program is only through CIM. You do not need to complete a separate application to CWRU to be considered for the dual degree program. Instead, indicate your interest in your CIM application. Submit additional materials for dual degree consideration through the CIM application or your high school counselor. Additional materials can include high school counselor and academic teacher recommendation letters. Official SAT/ACT scores are optional. 

Admission and Enrollment

Dual degree applicants must be accepted by CIM first. Once accepted at CIM, the CIM Admissions Office will send the application to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at CWRU. Applicants will receive their notice of acceptance at CWRU through their CIM acceptance letter. 

If an applicant is accepted to the dual degree program, the enrollment is finalized through CIM. The CIM and CWRU registrar offices will coordinate the details of the enrollment and classes needed. 

Cost and Financial Aid

Students enrolled in the program pay the CIM tuition plus a dual degree fee. Find the detailed cost of attendance for CIM, here. The dual degree is only offered through CIM and generally the fee associated with the program is not funded by scholarships. However, federal financial aid may be used to offset the cost. All dual degree applicants are considered for merit and need-based scholarship through CIM. Students who apply to both schools independently cannot combine scholarships offered at either institution. 

Is the dual degree for me?

Students who succeed in pursuing two degrees at CIM and CWRU are highly passionate in both areas of study. Students are well-versed in academics and time management and are equally committed to obtaining each of the degrees.