Carnegie Mellon University

BXA Intercollege Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary Academics + Arts

Internal Transfer Admission

The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs are intended for students who have interest and talent in both an arts concentration (architecture, art, drama or music) and an academic discipline (computer science, humanities, social sciences or science), and goals that can only be accomplished at the intersection of those disciplines. 

Internal transfer applications are considered every semester, with a deadline of mid-semester break for admission in the following semester. (See below for exceptions.) Along with the application, our internal transfer committee also considers prior semester grades and mid-semester grades for the semester of application. Decisions are sent out in advance of registration for the following semester. 

The application includes an Essay of Interdisciplinary Intent, in which a student explains why they’re interested in the two areas and why they want to combine them. This essay should be brief—500 words or fewer—and specific about both a student’s background in the concentration areas and what their goals are for bringing them together. 

All students applying for internal transfer must meet with their current advisor, a BXA advisor and an advisor in their target area, as well as take preliminary coursework in their target area before submitting the application.

Students currently in SCS must consult with their SCS advisor as well as the advisor in the CFA school they’d like a concentration in. We recommend that students take one or two courses in their target area of concentration before applying, and most CFA schools will require either a portfolio review or an audition. These reviews/auditions must be scheduled with the CFA advisor in that school.

Students currently in a CFA School must consult with their CFA advisor as well as the SCS advisor. To apply to BCSA from outside SCS, students must take 15-122, 15-150 and at least one of the 200-level core course (15-210, 15-213, 15-251), earning an average of B or better in those classes. This sequence takes a minimum of two semesters, and most students apply in their sophomore year.

Students currently in Dietrich College must consult with their DC primary advisor as well as the advisor in the DC department and CFA school they’d like a concentration in. We recommend that students take one or two courses in their target area of concentration before applying, and most CFA schools will require either a portfolio review or an audition. These reviews/auditions must be scheduled with the CFA advisor in that school. Students must also take preliminary DC coursework in their target area before an application will be considered. Please see the list of required completed and in progress DC courses [pdf] before applying to BHA and meet with the appropriate DC advisor.

Students currently in a CFA School must consult with their CFA advisor as well as the advisor in the DC department they’d like a concentration in. Students must take preliminary DC coursework in their target area before an application will be considered. Please see the list of required completed and in progress DC courses [pdf] before applying to BHA and meet with the appropriate DC advisor.

Students currently in Mellon College must consult with their MCS advisor as well as the advisor in the CFA school they’d like a concentration in. We recommend that students take one or two courses in their target area of concentration before applying, and most CFA schools will require either a portfolio review or an audition. These reviews/auditions must be scheduled with the CFA advisor in that school.

Students currently in a CFA School must consult with their CFA advisor as well as the advisor in the MCS department they’d like a concentration in. We recommend that students take one or two courses in their target area of concentration before applying.

Current BXA students who wish to change their BXA program (e.g. BHA to BCSA) or change their CFA concentration (e.g BHA architecture to BHA art) or delineated options within CFA concentrations (e.g. music performance to music composition) must apply for that change through the internal transfer process.

Current BHA and BSA students who wish to change their academic college concentration after declaring (e.g. BHA creative writing to BHA psychology, BSA physics to BSA mathematical sciences) must submit a new BHA DC Concentration Declaration Form or BSA MCS Concentration Declaration Form for approval of that change, which will be reviewed at the internal transfer committee meeting each semester.

Current BXA students seeking internal transfer out of BXA into another college program must apply and meet entry requirements to that program. Students who do not remain in BCSA can only return to their original major.

BXA design only considers applicants currently enrolled in Design.

BXA directing only considers applicants currently enrolled in Drama directing. BXA dramaturgy only considers applicants in the fall semester for spring enrollment, unless currently enrolled in Drama dramaturgy. Neither acting nor musical theater are options for BXA drama concentrations [pdf].

BXA music performance only considers applicants in the spring semester for fall enrollment, unless currently enrolled in Music performance.