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Graduate Admissions Policies

Admissions Requirements

The Board of Admissions takes into consideration your academic record, professional experience, as well as aptitude for music-related studies. Applicants must have proficiency in the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking, and must have completed high school/secondary school by the time they enroll at Berklee Online. Our comprehensive evaluation of each applicant is designed to assess an applicant’s ability to succeed at Berklee Online.

Refer to the graduate degree admissions requirements page to learn more.

For all graduate-level programs, applicants are required to hold a baccalaureate degree and are expected to have a high record of academic and/or professional achievement. The following materials are required for the application process:

  1. Online application with a $75 non-refundable fee to be paid by credit card at the time of the application submission. Note that all correspondence related to the application will be addressed to the email address provided in the application.
  2. Proof of bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in relevant field, or bachelor’s degree with significant work experience in music production, engineering, and/or technology. Students should supply official transcripts, along with a copy of their diploma.
  3. Statement of purpose in which applicants should:
    1. Tell us about their background
    2. Tell us why they are applying to the program
    3. Describe the project they intend to pursue in the program and how it will foster their academic, musical, and professional growth
  4. Résumé/CV
  5. Two academic/professional letters of recommendation
  6. English exam (TOEFL or IELTS) for students for whom English is a second language
  7. Additional requirement for the Master of Music in Music Production: Portfolio with at least three recorded examples of recent work, along with detailed explanation of their specific role in the work

International Applicants/Students Who Have Studied outside the United States
International applicants and those applicants who have studied outside the United States must submit official transcripts for evaluation by an accredited credential evaluation agency, such as the Education Credential Evaluators ( Ask for a course-by-course evaluation with grades.

A Bachelor’s Degree is considered to be the equivalent of 120 semester-hour credits or 180 quarter-hour credits. In general, 3-year Bachelor’s degrees completed at international colleges and universities are equivalent to only 90 semester-hour credits; however, international applicants with 3-year Bachelor’s degrees from the following countries will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis: Australia, Canada, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India, and European countries that are a part of the Bologna Process. Please note that all transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited credential evaluation agency.

Contacting Berklee Online Admissions

Toll-free within the United States and Canada:
1-866-BERKLEE (1-866-237-5533)
Outside the U.S. and Canada: (617) 747-2146 Option 1

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 6 graduate-level credits will be accepted as transfer credit from a regionally accredited institution.* An allowable transfer course must show a grade point average of “B,” 83 percent, or 3.0 or better. Transfer students are required to provide an official transcript from the accredited institution. In order for credits to be eligible for transfer, they must align with the degree requirements and be worth 3 semester credits or 4.5 quarter credits.

*Special consideration is given to students who have completed college-level course work at music institutions with national accreditation. Accreditation must be given by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority as to the quality of postsecondary education within the meaning of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).

Official Transcript
A transcript is considered official only if it is sent directly from a college/university to Berklee Online. Transcripts that have been opened or faxed are not considered official and, therefore, are not acceptable for transfer credit. Grade reports are also not acceptable for transfer credit.

Transcripts from all international institutions, with the exception of Canadian transcripts in English, require an official translation to English and an evaluation to American college standards by a certified credential evaluation service. The official translation must be mailed directly from the official translation service or delivered in a sealed envelope to the Transfer Credit Department of Berklee Online. The translated transcript must include course names, course credit values, and grades.

Berklee Online recommends the following provider of evaluation service:

Education Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400

Credit Systems
Berklee Online operates under a semester-hour system. When transferring credit from a university using a different system, the following conversions are made:

Quarter-Hour Systems

  • 4.5 quarter-hour credits outside of Berklee Online equal 3 semester-hour credits at Berklee Online.
  • Quarter-hour credits less than 4.5 will not be accepted for transfer credit.

Semester-Hour Systems

  • 3 semester-hour credits outside of Berklee Online equal 3 semester-hour credits at Berklee Online.
  • 45 lecture hours equal 3 semester-hour credits.

Residency Requirements
All students, including those transferring from other colleges and universities, are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits for the degree through Berklee Online post matriculation, in order to obtain their degree.

Courses Eligible for Transfer
To have a course transferred, the description and syllabus needs to be comparable to a specific course in the graduate program. Students are encouraged to provide an official course description and syllabus from their previous institution’s course manual or directly from the previous institution’s official website to assist the Transfer Credit Department in determining comparability.

Transfer Credit Process

    Students who are seeking to transfer credit into Berklee Online will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Review credit requirements needed to fulfill Berklee Online’s master’s degree programs.
  2. Submit official transcripts directly from all previous colleges attended. A transcript is considered official only if it is sent directly from a college/university to Berklee Online. Transcripts that have been opened or faxed are not considered official and, therefore, are not acceptable for transfer credit. Grade reports are also not acceptable for transfer credit.
    1. Prospective students should submit official transcripts with your application to the degree program. Transcripts should be submitted prior to the application deadline. Students who receive transfer credits will receive official transfer evaluations by email after acceptance into the degree program.
    2. Current students should submit official transcripts to the Transfer Credit Department. In addition, students are encouraged to submit the syllabi and course descriptions for any course they wish to have transferred into their degree program.

    Prospective students can send documentation to:

    Berklee Online Admissions
    855 Boylston St, 3rd Floor
    Boston, MA 02116

    Current students can send documentation to:

    Berklee Online Transfer Credit Department
    855 Boylston Street, 3rd Floor
    Boston, MA 02116

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)/Berklee MBA students
Students pursuing the SNHU/Berklee MBA program who wish to transfer to Berklee Online’s Master of Art or Master of Music program will first need to apply and be accepted into the program. The courses taken with Berklee Online may apply towards the Master of Arts in Music Business.

Acceptance Into Berklee Online

Orientation Course
All Berklee Online master’s degree students are required to complete an online orientation course. The purpose of the online orientation is to ensure that students are well prepared for their program and graduate-level study. The orientation course should be completed by 5:00 P.M. on Sunday prior to the start of the first semester.

Acceptance Expiration
Admission acceptances are only valid for four consecutive semesters.

Acceptance to Berklee College of Music versus Berklee Online
Students accepted to a graduate program at Berklee College of Music who wish to pursue a graduate program through Berklee Online will need to apply for admission to Berklee Online. Documentation provided to Berklee College of Music during the original application process may be used during the application process for Berklee Online. Students who are dismissed from Berklee College of Music may not apply for admission to Berklee Online.

Students accepted to Berklee Online who wish to pursue a master’s degree through Berklee College of Music will need to apply for admission to Berklee College of Music.

Acceptance to one master’s degree program does not confer acceptance to another master’s degree program

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