Graduate Degree Admissions Information
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.
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.
Watch Applicant Advisor Sue explain the Graduate application process
You're Done. What's Next?
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.
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.
Master of Music in Film Scoring: Bachelor's degree in composition with a focus on scoring to media, or bachelor's degree with a minimum of two years of professional work in film composition.
A scan or high-quality photo of your diploma is acceptable.
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, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Fax number for official transcripts:
(for use by official institutions only)
Official transcripts can be emailed to:
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.).
Applicants to our Master of Music in Film Scoring degree are required to submit a portfolio of two projects, demonstrating your compositional skills scored to picture. It should also include a detailed write-up of your work on the projects, including your concept for the scores and what technologies you used.
Applicants to our Master of Arts in Songwriting degree are required to submit a portfolio. This should include at least two recorded examples of recent work, along with detailed explanations of your specific roles in the works (e.g., co-writer, head writer, responsible for lyrics, verses, chorus, topline writing etc.).
International applicants and those applicants who have studied outside the United States or Canada have two options:
- Submit official academic records for evaluation by an accredited credential evaluation agency, such as the Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org). Ask for a course-by-course evaluation with grades. Students who select this option will receive an admissions decision within two weeks of completing their application requirements.
- Submit official academic records for evaluation directly to Berklee Online. For more information on which documents we require, please see our Required Academic Documentation for International Applicants by Country. Students who select this option will receive an admissions decision within approximately four weeks of completing their application requirements. Please note that in some cases, additional time may be required.
Students who studied outside of the US and/or Canada who are currently having difficulties obtaining official copies of their academic records due to the COVID-19 closures can submit unofficial copies of their documents here.
Important note: students should only provide unofficial copies of their academic record if they are currently unable to obtain an official copy. It is advisable that the student first contacts their institution(s) to determine if this is something that their institution(s) is currently able to provide. If the student is accepted to the Berklee Online degree program, they will be required to provide official copies of all of their academic records as soon as their institution(s) have reopened. A document is only considered official if it is sent directly from the issuing authority (e.g. school, examination board, etc.) in a sealed envelope that has been stamped or signed across the back flap by the appropriate administrator.
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, IELTS, or a Duolingo score to complete their application for admission.
- TOEFL: iBT (Internet-based): 100; Computer-based: 250; Paper-based: 600
- PTE Academic: 68
- IELTS: 7.5 or higher
- Duolingo: 120 or higher
Documents can be sent to the following address:Berklee Online Admissions
855 Boylston St, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116