Undergraduate Degree Admissions Information

Admission Requirements

Steps to Apply

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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, and must have completed high school/secondary school by the time they enroll with Berklee Online’s undergraduate degree programs.

The board of admissions takes all elements of your application into consideration, including your academic record, 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.

Transferring from a partner school?

If you’re transferring from one of Berklee Online’s partner schools, you may be able to bypass certain parts of our application process.

Learn more about Transfer Partner Schools

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.


Personal Statement

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This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and why you would be a great fit for our Online Degree Programs. You can submit either a video presentation or a written essay. Both are weighed the same, and you can choose whichever format you are more comfortable with.

The written essay should be between 500-750 words and uploaded as a Microsoft Word file (.doc, .docx) or a PDF. Please include your name and your desired major in the header.

The video presentation should be a 3-5 minute video uploaded to YouTube as an unlisted video, with the link included on your application.

Topics for Personal Statement:

  • Tell us about your background, particularly experiences with music and/or the entertainment industry.
  • Tell us why you chose Berklee Online, and why our programs are the right fit for your goals.
  • Discuss your career aspirations. What do you envision for your future in music? What do you want to achieve through our school and after you graduate?
  • Demonstrate how a degree from Berklee Online will help you to achieve your personal, professional, and creative goals.

Letters of Recommendation

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Please choose two recommenders: one professional/academic and one personal, who can describe to us your work ethic, character, creative potential, collaborative ability, and why you would succeed with Berklee Online.

  • One Academic/Professional Letter written by someone who has 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.
  • One Personal Letter written by someone outside of your immediate family who can attest to your personal character such as a friend, bandmate, colleague, coworker, religious leader, or counselor.

Official Transcripts

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Berklee Online requires sufficient proof of secondary school (high school) completion and official academic records from all postsecondary (undergraduate) institutions attended or currently attending. You must have completed a credential comparable to a US High School diploma in order to be eligible for admission.

Domestic (US or Canada):

Type of schooling Official transcript Copy or scan of proof of high school completion Supplemental Materials
Attended private or public high school or completed a GED and have fewer than 24 semester college credits completed

Attended private or public high school or completed a GED and have more than 24 semester college credits completed

Homeschool

Supplemental Materials for Homeschooled Applicants:

Alongside a complete official high school transcript*, you will need to submit any additional material required by the state/province in which the homeschooling was completed to attest to its validity. For example, if your state requires you to submit a letter to your school district every year of secondary school education in order for the homeschooling to be considered valid, you will be asked to submit a copy of each of those letters. Please see Homeschool Regulations by States for more information.

*An official high school transcript for a homeschooled applicant must include the following information and must come directly to Berklee Online from the homeschool provider/supervisor:

  • The courses you completed for all years of study
  • The grades you earned in each course
  • A date of graduation
  • A signature from your homeschool supervisor

International (Outside of US or Canada):

Please see the International Undergraduate website for more information.

Domestic (US or Canada):

Provide an official transcript from each college/university that you have attended or are currently attending.

Important note: if you earned credits at multiple colleges and/or universities, you will need to provide an official transcript from each institution. Please do not provide the transcript from only the most recent school attended.

International (Outside of US or Canada):

Please see the International Undergraduate website for more information.

A transcript can only be considered official if it is sent directly from the issuer of the record (institution, examination board, ministry of education, homeschool supervisor, etc.) to Berklee Online.

We can accept official transcripts that are sent electronically, through mail, or via fax.

Electronic Transcripts

Electronic transcripts are preferred whenever possible and can be sent directly to Berklee Online via email or through a secure electronic delivery service such as Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse.

Emailed transcripts can be sent to materials@online.berklee.edu and must come from an appropriate administrator using an email address affiliated with the institution. In those cases where a school or organization does not provide an official email address, please have your administrator provide a signed cover letter (on official letterhead, if possible) to accompany the email.

Mailed Transcripts

Official transcripts should be sent directly by the issuer of the record (school, examination board, ministry of education, etc.) to Berklee Online and must come in a sealed envelope. If they provide you with an official copy of your transcript in a sealed envelope, you may mail that directly to Berklee Online provided you do not open it.

Applicants who attended schools outside of the US or Canada, should visit the International Undergraduate website for additional information.

Mailed official transcripts can be sent to the following address:

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

Faxed Transcripts

Official transcripts can be faxed from the issuer of the record to Berklee Online. They must be accompanied by a cover letter (on official letterhead) and signed by an administrator.

Faxed official transcripts can be sent to:
(617) 747-2149


Demonstration of Musicianship

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Applicants to our Guitar, Piano, Voice, Songwriting and Producing Music, and Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games degrees are required to submit a Demonstration of Musicianship.

Guitar, Piano, and Voice Degree Audition Requirement:

A recorded video audition in which you perform a prepared piece (original or cover):
The performance must be in a single, unedited take, approximately 2-4 minutes in length, in any style, demonstrating your proficiency and overall musicianship. We are also looking for the foundations of musicianship: rhythm, technique, feel, intonation, in addition to your unique ability on the instrument. The video should be uploaded to a website like YouTube, with a link provided on your application's audition requirement field.

Songwriting and Producing Music, and Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games Requirement:

Please submit ONE of the following:

  • A portfolio of at least two original compositions with notation.
    Please submit MP3s, or links to sound recordings of each composition posted to a website like YouTube or SoundCloud, in addition to musical notation for each composition as PDF files. It is acceptable to submit MIDI reproductions of your music. You will not be evaluated on the production quality of the recordings, rather on the compositional ideas expressed in the recordings.

OR:

  • A recorded video audition of a performance of a prepared piece (original or cover) on your principal instrument.
    The performance should be an unedited take, approximately 2-4 minutes in length, in any style, which demonstrates your proficiency and overall musicianship on your principal instrument. The video should be uploaded to a website like YouTube, with a link provided on your application's audition requirement field.

International Applicants

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Credential Evaluation Requirement

If you have studied outside of the US and/or Canada, you will need to get your academic records assessed in relation to US standards. You can do this either by submitting them to a NACES approved credential evaluation agency (such as ECE) OR by submitting them directly to Berklee Online.

For more information on submitting your records to Berklee Online, please visit the International Undergraduate website.


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.

Recommended scores:

  • 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

Supplemental Materials

Please feel free to upload any supplemental materials you might have. These can include awards, music, video, credentials, or anything else you feel demonstrates your ability to succeed as a Berklee Online degree student. Please note that while these materials will be weighed less than the primary application materials, we do encourage you to upload any materials you feel support your application.


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.