Graduate Degree Admissions Information

Admission Requirements

Steps to Apply

  • Fill out the online application form (15 minutes).

    This will connect you to an advisor, who can offer assistance through the rest of the admissions process.

  • Collect the rest of your application materials.

    This includes your Statement of Purpose, resume or CV, and a copy of your diploma.

    Music Production applicants also require a portfolio.

  • Request your transcripts and letters of recommendation from the appropriate parties.

    International Applicants require official transcripts evaluated by an accredited credential evaluation agency, and an English language proficiency test score.

  • Submit your completed application and the application fee.

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  • Transcripts and letters of recommendation will still be accepted after the application is submitted.

  • After all required materials are received by Berklee Online, the admissions decision will be made within two weeks.

Required Application Materials

Berklee Online requires that you apply online. We operate on a rolling admission system; once your application is submitted and completed, you should receive a decision within two weeks. The non-refundable application fee of $75 is due at the time of application submission.

Applicants must have proficiency in the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking. For all graduate-level programs, applicants are required to hold a bachelor's degree and are expected to have a high record of academic achievement.

The board of admissions takes all elements of your application into consideration, including your academic record, your past career, personal and professional goals, as well as intention for music-related studies. Our comprehensive analysis of each applicant is designed to objectively assess your ability to succeed with Berklee Online.

Please see below for details on our required application materials.


Application Form

The first step is to fill out out the online application form. Once you start your application, you will be connected with a dedicated Academic Advisor who will reach out and be available to you throughout the entire admissions process. Start your application now.


Statement of Purpose

This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and why you would be a great fit for our Online Degree Programs. It should include:

  • An overview of your background, particularly experiences with music and/or the entertainment industry.
  • Why you chose Berklee Online, and why our programs are the right fit for your goals.
  • A description of the project you intend to pursue in the program and how it will foster your academic, musical, and professional growth.
  • And just for the Master of Arts in Music Business: a brief analysis of the current state of the music and entertainment industry, identifying professional opportunities that interest you.

Resume or CV


Letters of Recommendation

Please choose two recommenders who have observed your work in an educational, employment, or community service environment, and can attest to your academic and/or professional work, such as a current or former employer, military superior, teacher, or mentor. They can describe to us your work ethic, character, creative potential, collaborative ability, and why you would succeed with Berklee Online.


Bachelor's Degree Diploma

Applicants to the Graduate Degrees must have a Bachelor's degree.

Master of Music in Music Production: Bachelor's degree in music production, engineering, or technology, or bachelor's degree with significant work experience in music production, engineering, and/or technology.

Master of Arts in Music Business: Bachelor's degree, preferably with coursework in business, finance, and marketing.

A scan or high-quality photo of your diploma is acceptable.


Official Transcripts

In addition to a copy of your Bachelor's degree diploma, Berklee Online requires official transcripts from all past or currently attending institutions of higher education. These transcripts are used both for admissions and transfer credit purposes.

A transcript is considered official if it is sent directly from your institution to Berklee Online, via mail, fax, or email. We can also accept transcripts electronically through services like Parchment and eScrip.

All documents must be in English. International applicants should review their specific transcript guidelines below.

Transcripts should be mailed to:
Berklee Online Admissions
855 Boylston St, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Fax number for official transcripts:
(617) 747-2149 
(for use by official institutions only)

Official transcripts can be emailed to: 
materials@online.berklee.edu


Portfolio

Applicants to our Master of Music in Music Production degree are required to submit a portfolio. This should include at least three recorded examples of recent work, along with detailed explanations of your specific roles in the works (e.g. DAW used, plug-ins, microphone placements, etc.).


International Applicants

Evaluated Transcripts

International applicants and those applicants who have studied outside the United States must submit official transcripts for evaluation by an accredited credential evaluation agency before they are submitted to Berklee Online, such as the Education Credential Evaluators . Ask for a course-by-course evaluation with grades. If you attended school in Canada you are exempt from evaluation if you can provide us your transcript in English. All other international transcripts will not be accepted unless evaluated by a credential evaluation agency.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Because our classes are taught and presented in English, applicants must have demonstrated proficiency in the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking, in order to be successful in our program. Applicants to the degree program whose first language is not English are required to submit a PTE Academic, TOEFL, or IELTS score to complete their application for admission.

Required scores:

  • TOEFL: iBT (Internet-based): 100; Computer-based: 250; Paper-based: 600
  • PTE Academic: 68
  • IELTS: 7.5 or higher

Evaluated transcripts should be sent to:
Berklee Online Admissions
855 Boylston St, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02116


If you have any questions please contact your advisor, or reach out to our admissions team at: advisors@online.berklee.edu, or by phone at (617) 747-2146 option 1.