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Enrolling in a Graduate Certificate or Individual Course

Enrolling in a Graduate Certificate Program

Step 1: Choose Your Certificate Program

Select the graduate certificate program that is right for you. Once you have selected the program, click on the “Enroll” button to proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Choose Your Start Semester

Choose the semester you wish to start your program and click continue enrolling.

Step 3: Pay Your Registration and Technology Fee

A $175 registration and technology fee enrolls you in the certificate program.

Step 4: Schedule Your First Semester and Pay Your Tuition

Once you have paid your registration and technology fee, you will choose the courses you wish to take for your first semester. You will have the option to pay for your program in full at that time, or only pay for your first semester.

Step 5: Submit Proof of Bachelor’s Degree

Upon completion of your enrollment, you will be required to submit documentation showing completion of a bachelor’s degree. See below for more information on this step.

Enrolling in a Graduate Course

Although we cannot guarantee enrollment in any course, your chances for getting into the course of your choice improve if you enroll early.

Step 1: From the course catalog, select the course in which you wish to enroll.

Step 2: Check the Academic Calendar for semester dates and enrollment deadlines.

Step 3: Complete the online enrollment process and submit payment. Payments can be made by credit card, check, PayPal, and wire transfers. Full payment needs to be received by the end of a given semester’s enrollment period.

Step 4: Upon completion of your enrollment, you will be required to submit documentation showing completion of a bachelor’s degree. See below for more information on this step.

Students are responsible for reviewing the course description, syllabus, and requirements for each course before enrolling. By enrolling, the student accepts responsibility for reading, understanding, and conforming to all Berklee Online policies, procedures, and dates. For more information see Academic Policies.

If you have any questions, please contact us directly at advisors@online.berklee.edu or 617-747-2146.

Proof of Bachelor’s Degree

Students pursuing a graduate certificate or enrolling in a graduate course must provide documentation showing completion of a bachelor’s degree by submitting the Credential Verification Form. Students are not able to begin their graduate certificate program and/or graduate course until the appropriate documentation has been received, evaluated, and approved.

Students who have received their undergraduate degree through Berklee Online do not need to submit any documentation. Students who have earned their degree through Berklee College of Music’s campus program need to submit the Credential Verification Form but are not required to submit their transcripts.

Students who have not submitted documentation or have submitted documentation that is not sufficient prior to the end of the second week of the semester will have their enrollment and tuition/fees transferred to the next semester. If a student has not supplied approved documentation within one year of enrolling in the course or program their tuition will be refunded minus the registration fee.

Proof of Bachelor’s Degree from US or Canada:

Students who completed their bachelor’s degree in the US or Canada will need to provide a copy of their undergraduate transcript verifying degree conferral.

If the student’s transcript is issued in another language besides English, the student will be required to submit a literal, word-for-word English translation.

Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable for graduate certificates and graduate courses. Students who go on to apply for the master’s degree programs are required to provide official copies of their transcripts when completing their application.

Please note that copies of diplomas or copies of graduate-level transcripts will not be accepted in lieu of undergraduate transcripts.

Proof of Bachelor’s Degree from International Institutions:

Students who completed their bachelor’s degree outside of the US or Canada will need to provide a copy of their academic record or grade report from their post-secondary institution. This document typically includes the following information:


  • The student’s name

  • A list of classes, subjects, modules, and/or exams the student completed as part of their bachelor’s program

  • Marks or grades the student received in those areas

  • Date the student’s bachelor’s degree was awarded

If the student’s academic record/grade report does not include the date the degree was awarded, the student will need to provide a copy of their diploma to confirm degree completion.

For any document not issued in English, the student will need to provide a literal English translation in addition to a copy of the original document. Please note that the translation does not need to be official and can be self-prepared provided it is literal, word-for-word and in a similar format to the original.

Unofficial copies of academic records or grade reports are acceptable for graduate certificates and graduate courses. Students who go on to apply for the master’s degree programs will be required to have their documentation evaluated by an accredited evaluation agency, such as Education Credential Evaluators.

All international credentials will be assessed in relation to US standards. It is possible that a student may have completed what is considered to be a bachelor’s degree within a particular country but this credential is not considered comparable to a US bachelor’s degree. As such, only those students who have a degree equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree will be eligible to complete graduate-level coursework at Berklee Online.

Special Note on Bachelor’s Degrees from China: students who received their bachelor’s degree in China will need to provide a Graduation Certificate (毕业证书), a Degree Certificate (学位证书), and a copy of their official transcript (成绩单). In rare cases, we may also request a verification report (认证报告).

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