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General School Information

Undergraduate Transfer Policies

The Berklee Online Transfer Team is committed to working with students to determine how
their previous coursework will apply to the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree
program requirements. Transfer credit services are available to both prospective and
enrolled students.

Credit Types

The three types of transfer credit for BPS students at Berklee Online are external, internal, and prior learning.

External transfer credits are credits from any institution outside of Berklee. This also includes AP test scores, CLEP exams, DSST exams, UExcel exams, A Level exams, Higher Level International Baccalaureate coursework, and coursework completed at a Berklee Global Academic Partnership school (formerly known as BIN). There is a 60 semester-credit limit for external transfer credit.

Internal transfer credits are credits completed within Berklee. This includes Berklee main campus, Berklee Valencia, or previously completed Berklee Online coursework. This does not count towards the 60 external transfer credit limit.

Prior Learning credit is designed for those students who feel they have already attained the educational equivalent of one or more of their remaining requirements through previous coursework or job-related experience. Once enrolled in the BPS degree program, students
have the option of submitting a prior learning credit portfolio to demonstrate their proficiency. A maximum of 30 prior learning credits can be awarded. Similar to coursework completed at Berklee, prior learning credit does not count towards the 60 external transfer credit limit.


Official Transcripts

Students applying to the BPS program must provide an official transcript from each of their prior institutions. A transcript is considered official only if it is sent directly from a college/university to Berklee Online in a sealed and stamped envelope or via a secure electronic transcript service such as Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse.

The following documents are not acceptable as official transcripts:

  1. Transcripts that have previously been opened
  2. Transcripts emailed or faxed by the student
  3. Copies of degree audits downloaded by a student from their institution
  4. Grade reports

No transfer credit can be awarded for those transcripts deemed unofficial.


International Transcripts

Transcripts from all international institutions, except for Canadian transcripts in English and transcripts from active Berklee Global Partnership schools, require an evaluation to American college standards by an accredited credential evaluation service. The evaluation must be sent directly from the credential evaluation company to Berklee Online.

Berklee recommends the following provider of evaluation services:

Education Credential Evaluations, Inc. (ECE)
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
USA
414-289-3400
eval@ece.org

The following international documents are not acceptable:

  1. Transcripts translated by the student
  2. Official translations or unevaluated documents in English
  3. Credential evaluation reports sent by the student

No transfer credit can be awarded for those international transcripts that have not been evaluated by ECE.


Calendar System

Berklee Online operates on a semester-hour system. When transferring credit from an institution using a different credit system, the following conversions must be made.

Quarter-Hour Systems

  • 3 quarter-hour credits outside of Berklee Online equal 2 semester-hour credits at Berklee Online.
  • 4.5 quarter-hour credits outside of Berklee Online equal 3 semester-hour credits at Berklee Online.

Contact-Hour Systems

  • 45 contact hours outside Berklee Online equal 3 semester-hour credits at Berklee Online

When necessary, like-courses on alternate systems may be combined and transferred as a single 3 semester-hour credit course.


Courses Eligible for Transfer

Berklee Online will consider undergraduate-level coursework for transfer toward any degree requirement, so long as the course is compatible with our curriculum and completed with a grade of “C” or better at a regionally accredited institution.

In rare cases, coursework completed at a nationally accredited institution will be assessed for transfer.


International Baccalaureate

Many courses taken through the International Baccalaureate program are eligible to be accepted at Berklee Online. These courses must be taken at the Higher Level (HL), with a minimum score of 4 earned. Information regarding International Baccalaureate can be found at www.ibo.org.


Advanced Level Exams (A-Level)

Advanced Level Exams (A-Level) and Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS-Level) exams are accepted, provided that the official score report is submitted to Berklee Online. The Transfer Team is responsible for evaluating these reports and will make the final determination on
acceptance and transfer equivalency.


AP (Advanced Placement), CLEP, and DSST Exams

Berklee Online recognizes certain test credit such as AP (Advanced Placement), CLEP, and DSST and reserves the right to determine which tests are eligible to transfer and how they will apply toward the degree program.

For more information on the Berklee Online equivalencies, please refer to pages 14-16. A passing score on a AP test is equivalent to 3 semester credits. An official AP score report
can be sent directly to Berklee Online using the code: 6774.

A passing score on a CLEP test is equivalent to 3-6 semester credits. An official transcript of CLEP scores can be sent directly to Berklee Online using the code: 6283.

A passing score on a DSST exam is equivalent to 3 semester credits. An official score report must be requested from Prometric to be sent to the following address:

Berklee Online
ATTN: Registrar
855 Boylston St, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Other credit-granting exams will be considered for transfer on a case-by-case basis.


Narrative Evaluation

Coursework completed at an institution using narrative evaluations in lieu of grades is eligible to transfer. The Transfer Team will assess the evaluations included in the student’s official transcript and will award credit as deemed appropriate.


Students Transferring Berklee Credits

Students seeking to transfer Berklee credits to the BPS degree program should be aware of additional factors impacting their credit awards.

Former Campus Students

  • Those students with fewer than 90 credits at Berklee main campus may complete a BPS degree online. Students considering this option should contact Senior Academic Advisor Mark Hopkins at degreecompletion@online.berklee.edu for more information.
  • Students who previously attended the main campus must still apply to the BPS program.
  • Berklee Online offers a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies (BPS), not a Bachelor’s of Music (BM).
  • Any coursework completed for credit will be evaluated for transfer; however, coursework must be completed with a final grade of “D” or better in order to fulfill curriculum requirements. There is no cap to the amount of internal transfer credit that can be awarded, provided it aligns with the student’s BPS program.
  • All grades and attempted coursework that directly apply to a student’s BPS program requirements will be reflected in their Official Transfer Evaluation.
  • Any in progress Berklee College of Music coursework at the time of evaluation will not appear on a student’s record until the course has been completed, final grades have been entered, and the student has submitted a request to the Transfer Team to have these credits applied.

Berklee Online Students

  • Students who have previously completed non-degree Berklee Online coursework must still apply to the BPS degree program.
  • All completed coursework will transfer; however, coursework must be taken for credit and completed with a final grade of “D” or better in order to fulfill curriculum requirements. There is no cap to the amount of internal transfer credit that can be awarded, provided it aligns with the student’s BPS program.
  • All grades and attempted coursework will be reflected in the student’s Official Transfer Evaluation.
  • Coursework taken for non-credit will be ineligible to fulfill BPS program requirements. If seeking credit for this work, students are encouraged to explore the Prior Learning option.
  • Berklee Online coursework will not be reflected in a student’s record until their Intent to Enroll form has been received and processed. If a student completes this form prior to receiving their Official Transfer Evaluation, their Berklee Online coursework will be included. If a student submits their Intent to Enroll form after they receive their evaluation, their Berklee Online coursework will not appear on their record until the end of week 2 of their starting BPS term.

Berklee Study Abroad Program

  • Matriculated BPS students are eligible to apply to the Valencia Study Abroad program, provided that they have completed at least one semester at the time of application and at least two semesters by the program start date. The student must also be in good financial and academic standing.
  • Once admitted to the Study Abroad program, students are encouraged to contact the Transfer Team to ensure that the coursework they plan on taking will fulfill remaining degree requirements.
  • Any coursework completed for credit will transfer; however, coursework must be completed with a final grade of “D” or better in order to be eligible to fulfill curriculum requirements.

Berklee Summer Program

  • Coursework completed as part of a Berklee Summer program may be eligible for transfer if:

    • The coursework is at the undergraduate level.
    • Course credit will be issued upon completion.
    • The course will fulfill a remaining curriculum requirement.
    • The grade earned is a “D” or better.



Transfer Credit Limitations


The following limitations are placed on credit transferred to the BPS degree program:


  • Berklee Online will accept a maximum of 60 semester-credits from regionally accredited external institutions.

  • Berklee Online will accept a maximum of 30 credits earned through the Prior Learning Credit process.

  • Berklee Online will accept as many applicable credits as possible completed through
    Berklee. These do not count toward the 60 external transfer credit maximum.

  • Berklee Online requires all students to complete at least 60 semester-credits for a single major or 105 semester-credits for a dual major at Berklee.

Second Bachelor’s Degrees

Those students with a prior bachelor’s degree seeking to obtain a second one through the Berklee Online BPS program, should be aware of additional factors impacting their eligibility and credit awards.

  • Students may only pursue a second bachelor’s degree through Berklee Online in a degree program that is significantly different from their first.
  • Students who previously completed a Bachelor of Professional Studies at Berklee Online must reapply to the program and provide all requisite application materials. Admission is not guaranteed.
  • Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree from an external institution will be limited to 60 transfer credits. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree from Berklee Online will be limited to receiving credit for only those courses that will fulfill requirements in their new program.

Because of the many factors involved in completing a second bachelor’s degree, students are strongly encouraged to reach out to their advisor and/or to the Financial Aid Office (financialaid@berklee.edu or 1.866.BERKLEE ext 4 (1.866.237.5533 ext 4) before initiating this process.


Music Coursework

Berklee Online recognizes the value of the music coursework completed at external
institutions and will consider these classes for transfer provided they meet certain criteria.

In order for these courses to be eligible, they must have clearly defined learning objectives and contain classroom-based instruction. Private music lessons, labs, and ensembles, which entail repertoire-based performance and one-on-one training are disqualified from transferring.

Berklee main campus ensembles and private music lessons are eligible to transfer depending on major.


Private Guitar Lessons

Students enrolled in the guitar major will begin their private lessons at level 1. During the first week of the semester, their instructor will assess their proficiency and determine if they should be placed in a different level. If the student has completed undergraduate-level private guitar instruction at a regionally accredited institution, they may be eligible to receive transfer credit for the levels they place out of. If the student does not have creditbearing private guitar instruction or their coursework does not meet the necessary criteria for transfer, the student will be awarded prior learning credit for the levels they place out of.


Music Theory and Composition Courses

Some BPS majors require students to complete a Music Theory and Composition sequence, with which traditional music theory and harmony courses are non-compatible. In rare cases, transfer credit for comparable coursework completed at external institutions will be considered for levels 1 and 2 (OCOMP-110 and OCOMP-111); however, levels 3 and 4 (OCOMP-210 and OCOMP-211) must be completed at Berklee.

Students may be requested to provide additional documentation for their external courses when seeking transfer credit for Music Theory and Composition levels 1 and/or 2.


Prerequisites

While transfer credit can be used to fulfill curriculum requirements, it is not eligible to fulfill prerequisites for a Berklee Online course unless the transferred course is determined to be a direct equivalent to the requisite course. For some Berklee Online courses, students will be
required to take a placement exam. If the student does not receive the necessary score, they must complete the appropriate Berklee Online course to fulfill the prerequisite regardless if course will fulfill a remaining program requirement.


Credit Deficits

In order to complete the BPS degree, students must fulfill all of their program requirements and earn a minimum of 120 credits for a single major or 165 credits for a dual major. Berklee Online degree majors are designed so that completing the curriculum requirements should total the necessary amount of credits.

However, when a student transfers a course that is less than three (3) credits to fulfill a three (3) credit Berklee Online requirement, this creates a credit deficit which causes the student to be short of the minimum number of credits required to graduate. As a result, students
must make up the credits they are deficient in. When possible, the Transfer Team will combine like-courses to avoid or lessen a student’s credit deficiency.

If a student enters the BPS program with a credit deficit, it will be notated in red in the bottom right hand corner of the program summary box on the first page of the Official Transfer Evaluation that the student receives from the Transfer Team. This will not appear on student’s My Progress tab or when a student runs a degree audit on their own in my.berklee.edu.

Credit deficits can be made up by completing additional Berklee Online coursework, by applying for prior learning credit, or by completing additional external credit in the same subject area as the credit deficiency. Any external course will first need to be approved by the Transfer Team.


Courses Not Eligible for Transfer

  • Berklee Online does not accept the following types of courses: intro to computers, engineering, physical education, and vocational training including but not limited to auto mechanics or nursing.
  • Berklee Online does not accept writing courses taken at international institutions where English is not the official language in fulfillment of the writing/composition requirement.
  • Berklee Online does not accept high school level courses such as SUPA
  • Berklee Online does not accept Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
  • Berklee Online does not accept graduate-level courses in fulfillment of undergraduate-level requirements.
  • Berklee Online does not accept remedial or developmental level courses.
  • Berklee Online does not accept coursework with a grade of “C-” or below.
  • Berklee Online does not accept courses taken through a 3rd party vendor/website such as Straighterline.
  • Berklee Online does not accept external private lessons, labs, or ensembles, unless the student is a Guitar major approved for transfer credit by their private lesson instructor.
  • Berklee Online does not consider any external courses as equivalent to OCOMP-210 Music Theory and Composition 3 and OCOMP-211 Music Theory and Composition 4.
  • Berklee Online does not award transfer credit for a specific course based on content spread across a series of external courses.
  • Berklee Online does not accept coursework taken on a pass/fail basis, unless it is clear that a pass equates to a grade of “C” or better.
  • Berklee Online does not accept ungraded coursework, with the exception of Joint Services Transcripts and schools using narrative evaluations to measure performance.

Transfer Credit Process for Prospective, Admitted, and Matriculated Students

The Berklee Online Transfer Team assists students in determining how their completed undergraduate-level coursework will apply to the BPS degree requirements. The process that students must follow when working with the Transfer Team depends on their stage.

Prospective Students

  • Prospective students interested in receiving an estimate of eligible transfer credit to
    the BPS degree program are welcome to request an unofficial evaluation by emailing
    the Transfer Team.
  • Students must submit unofficial copies of all of the transcripts they wish to have evaluated. These should be attached as .doc, .pdf, or .jpeg attachments. Pleasemake sure that all documents are accessible, legible, and in English.
  • Students must include which major(s) they are interested in pursuing.
  • Students will be sent an unofficial transfer evaluation to the email address from which their request originated within 7-10 business days of the request being received.
  • Students who have submitted their BPS application are not eligible to request an unofficial transfer evaluation. If the student is admitted to the BPS degree program, they will be sent an Official Transfer Evaluation within 7-10 business days of being notified of their acceptance.

Applicants

  • Applicants to the BPS degree program should submit official transcripts directly from all previous institutions attended with their application to the degree program. 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. Transcripts should be submitted prior to the application deadline.
  • For those students admitted to the BPS degree program, an electronic copy of their Official Transfer Evaluation will be sent to the email address associated with their account within 7-10 business days of being notified of their acceptance.
  • Students who have submitted college-level transcripts and are awarded no transfer credit will be notified by the Transfer Team.
  • Students who do not wish to seek transfer credit for their completed college-level coursework must inform the Transfer Team in writing by emailing transfer@online.berklee.edu.
  • Students offered provisional acceptance will not receive their evaluation until they have satisfied the terms of their admission.

Admitted

  • Students admitted to the BPS degree program who have completed additional
    coursework since their acceptance must submit a Transfer Credit Reevaluation Form as well as an updated official copy of their transcript to Berklee Online.
  • The course(s) must be completed with a grade of C, 73%, 2.0 or better.
  • Students who feel they are eligible for additional credit than awarded can email the Transfer Team. A syllabus must be provided for each course they wish to have reconsidered. Please note that the syllabus must be from the year the course was completed.

Matriculated

  • Students currently enrolled in the BPS degree program who are seeking to fulfill a
    remaining requirement by completing additional external credit must first get their
    coursework approved by emailing a request to the Transfer Team at
    transfer@online.berklee.edu. Please note that additional information such as a course syllabus may be requested.
  • Upon review of the official course description and/or syllabus, the student will be
    notified whether the course can be accepted and which Berklee Online requirement it will fulfill.
  • Students are encouraged to complete the Berklee Online Consortium Agreement paperwork to ensure the proper dispersal of financial aid.
  • The course(s) must be passed with a grade of C, 73%, 2.0 or better. Once the coursework is completed, an official copy of the transcript must be sent to Berklee Online in order for any additional transfer credit to be awarded.

General Education Requirements

Course Number of Semester Credits Required Equivalents

Developing Your Artistry

3 credits: All majors except Songwriting and Producing Music

No external equivalents, must be completed at Berklee

Project Management for Musicians

3 credits: Interdisciplinary Music Studies

Project Management courses will be considered by the Dean on a case-by-case basis

Acoustics

3 credits: Music Production, Electronic Music Production and Sound Design, and Songwriting and Producing Music

Acoustics courses with compatible learning objectives will be considered for equivalency

Composition/Writing

3 credits: All majors except Songwriting, which requires Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice.

Any composition and/or intro to writing course

Arts/Humanities

9 credits: Music Business, Music Production, Music Comp. for Film, TV, & Games. Electronic Music Production and Sound Design, Songwriting, Guitar, Interdisciplinary Music Studies.

12 credits: Songwriting and Producing Music

Literature, Creative Writing, Poetry, Languages, Communication, Art History, Music History, Visual Arts, Drama, Music Appreciation, Dance, Design, ESL, Speech

History

3 credits: All majors

Any history course

Social Science

9 credits: Interdisciplinary Music Studies

12 credits: Music Business, Music Production, Music Comp. for Film, TV, & Games, Electronic Music Production and Sound Design, Songwriting, Guitar, Songwriting & Producing Music

Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Women’s Studies, Africana Studies, Latino Studies, Religious Studies, Geography, Group Conflict, Business Management, History, Philosophy, Criminal Justice

Math/Natural & Physical Science

9 credits: Music Production, Electronic Music Production and Sound Design, Music Comp. for Film, TV, & Games, Songwriting & Producing Music

12 credits: Music Business, Songwriting, Interdisciplinary Music Studies, Guitar

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Astronomy, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Calculus, Computer Programming, Accounting, Acoustics

* Please note that these subject lists are not exhaustive.


Advanced Placement (AP) Examination Credit Course Summary

AP scores can be sent directly to Berklee Online using code 6774
AP Examination Minimum Score Required Semester Hours Berklee Online Equivalency

Art History

3

3

History OR Arts/Humanities

Biology

3

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

Calculus AB

3

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

Calculus BC

3

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

Chemistry

3

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

Chinese Language and Culture

3

3

Arts/Humanities

Comp. Government and Politics

3

3

Social Science

Computer Science A

3

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

English Language and Composition

3

3

Writing OR Arts/Humanities

English Literature and Composition

3

3

Writing OR Arts/Humanities

Environmental Science

3

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

European History

3

3

History OR Social Science

French Language and Culture

3

3

Arts/Humanities

German Language and Culture

3

3

Arts/Humanities

Human Geography

3

3

Social Science

Italian Language and Culture

3

3

Arts/Humanities

Japanese Language and Culture

3

3

Arts/Humanities

Latin

3

3

Arts/Humanities

Macroeconomics

3

3

Social Sciences

Microeconomics

3

3

Social Science

Music Theory (Sub-scores Not Accepted)

3

3

OHARM-101: Music Theory 101

Physics B

3

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

Physics C: Elect. and Magnetism

3

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

Physics C: Mechanics

3

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

Psychology

3

3

Social Science

Spanish Language

3

3

Arts/Humanities

Spanish Literature and Culture

3

3

Arts/Humanities

Statistics

3

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

Studio Art: 2-D Design

3

3

Arts/Humanities

Studio Art: 3-D Design

3

3

Arts/Humanities

Studio Art: Drawing

3

3

Arts/Humanities

US History

3

3

History OR Social Science

United States Government and Politics

3

3

Social Science

World History

3

3

History OR Social Science


College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit Course Summary

CLEP scores can be sent directly to Berklee Online using code 6283
CLEP Examination Minimum Score Required Semester Hours Berklee Online Equivalency

American Government

50

3

Social Science

American Literature

50

3

Arts/Humanities

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

50

3

Arts/Humanities

Biology

50

6

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

Calculus

50

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

Chemistry

50

6

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

College Algebra

50

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

College Composition

50

6

Writing OR Arts/Humanities

College Composition Modular

50

3

Writing OR Arts/Humanities

College Mathematics

50

6

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

English Literature

50

3

Arts/Humanities

Financial Accounting

50

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

French Language

50/59

3/6

Arts/Humanities

German Language

50/60

3/6

Arts/Humanities

History of the US 1: Early Colonization to 1877

50

3

History OR Social Science

History of the US II: 1865 to the present

50

3

History OR Social Science

Human Growth Development

50

3

Social Science

Humanities

50

3

Arts/Humanities

Introduction to Educational Psychology

50

3

Social Science

Introduction to Psychology

50

3

Social Science

Introduction to Sociology

50

3

Social Science

Introductory Business Law

50

3

Social Science

Natural Sciences

50

6

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

Precalculus

50

3

Mathematics / Natural & Physical Science

Principles of Macroeconomics

50

3

Social Science

Principles of Management

50

3

Social Science

Principles of Marketing

50

3

Social Science

Principles of Microeconomics

50

3

Social Science

Social Sciences and History

50

6

Social Science

Spanish Language

50/63

3/6

Arts/Humanities

Western Civ. I: Ancient Near East to 1648

50

3

History OR Social Science

Western Civ. II: 1648 to the Present

50

3

History OR Social Science


DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) Credit Course Summary

DSST Examination Minimum Score Required Semester Hours Berklee Online Equivalency

A History of the Vietnam War

400

3

History OR Social Sciences

Art of the Western World

400

3

History OR Arts/Humanities

Astronomy

400

3

Math/Natural & Physical Sciences

Business Ethics and Society

400

3

Social Sciences

Business Mathematics

400

3

Math/Natural & Physical Sciences

The Civil War and Reconstruction

400

3

History OR Social Sciences

Criminal Justice

400

3

Social Sciences

Environmental Science

400

3

Math/Natural & Physical Sciences

Ethics in America

400

3

Social Sciences

Foundations of Education

400

3

Arts/Humanities

Fundamentals of College Algebra

400

3

Math/Natural & Physical Sciences

Fundamentals of Counseling

400

3

Social Sciences

Fundamentals of Cyber Security

400

3

Social Sciences

General Anthropology

400

3

Social Sciences

Health and Human Development

400

3

Social Sciences

History of the Soviet Union

400

3

History OR Social Sciences

Human Resource Management

400

3

Social Sciences

Human/Cultural Geography

400

3

Social Sciences

Introduction to Business

400

3

Social Sciences

Introduction to Law Enforcement

400

3

Social Sciences

Introduction to World Religions

400

3

History OR Social Sciences

Lifespan Development and Psychology

400

3

Social Sciences

Math for Liberal Arts

400

3

Math/Natural & Physical Sciences

Money and Banking

400

3

Social Sciences

Organizational Behavior

400

3

Social Sciences

Personal Finance

400

3

Social Sciences

Personnel/Human Resource Management

400

3

Social Sciences

Principles of Advanced English Comp.

400

3

Composition OR Arts/Humanities

Principles of Finance

400

3

Math/Natural & Physical Sciences

Principles of Financial Accounting

400

3

Math/Natural & Physical Sciences

Principles of Physical Science I

400

3

Math/Natural & Physical Sciences

Principles of Public Speaking

400

3

Arts/Humanities

Principles of Statistics

400

3

Math/Natural & Physical Sciences

Principles of Supervision

400

3

Social Sciences

Substance Abuse

400

3

Social Sciences

Technical Writing

400

3

Composition OR Arts/Humanities

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