Certificate Changes FAQs
Why did Berklee Online reorganize certificate programs?
After an extensive review of our certificate programs, and in preparation for the launch of our online graduate degree programs, we reorganized certificate programs into two tiers: Professional and Advanced Professional. This simpler, more focused approach provides students with the same valuable professional credential and the best possible learning experience. This change does not impact students actively enrolled in a certificate program.
I completed a Master certificate that is now known as an Advanced Professional certificate. What does that mean for me?
We will continue to recognize the Master certificate you have earned, and you will always be able to list it amongst your professional credentials.
I completed a Specialist certificate that is now known as a Professional certificate. What does that mean for me?
We will continue to recognize the Specialist certificate you have earned, and you will always be able to list it amongst your professional credentials.
I'm actively enrolled in a certificate that is being changed to a Professional or Advanced Professional certificate. What does that mean for me?
You are welcome to continue in your existing program or change your certificate to the new version.
How many courses will I be allowed to transfer into my Professional or Advanced Professional certificate?
If you have successfully completed a credit-bearing course with Berklee Online that is part of a certificate program that you wish to pursue, you can apply for a waiver of that course requirement in the program. If a waiver is approved, you will not be required to retake the course. The cost of the waived course will be deducted from the total price of the certificate program.
Note that you need to enroll in the certificate program prior to beginning the last course in the program. All prior courses, if taken outside of the program, are eligible to be waived, provided they were taken for credit, a passing grade was received, and the courses are a requirement or elective in the certificate program.
Courses enrolled from another Berklee Online account, non-credit courses, and CEU courses cannot be waived into a certificate program. We require that students use only one email address/account associated with their course schedule.
I'm in a certificate program that is changing, but I will soon become inactive. When I come back, what is going to happen?
If you enroll in a course by June 29, 2018, you can continue to complete your existing program. After that date, when you come back, you will be placed into the new version of your certificate program.
I want to reactivate my certificate program but it is now in a new tier. What does this mean for me?
Welcome back! Upon reactivation, you can continue your existing program or opt to complete the new version of your program. Any coursework that you completed as part of the previous program will be applied to the new program.
I am currently in a program that is no longer being offered. How does this change affect me?
Although we will no longer offer the program you are currently enrolled in, you will not be affected by the changes taking place. We will continue to recognize your certificate program.
Are there any new certificate offerings?
Yes, we have created an Advanced Professional certificate in General Music Studies, a Professional certificate in Music Theory and Composition, and a Professional certificate in Arranging.
I no longer see my certificate program on the site. How can I see the courses I still need to take in order to complete my program?
You can see the list of courses required for your program by going to “My Certificate Program” on the My Home