University of the Arts Students:

Complete Your Degree with Berklee Online

Next Term Starts June 24, 2024

Sean P. Hagon

Dean of Pre-College, Online,
and Professional Programs

Dear University of the Arts Students,

It was shocking and sad to learn of the closing of your school. In many ways, UArts is a kindred spirit of Berklee. We share a deep passion for music and harnessing students' creative potential as music producers, engineers, performers, composers, and entrepreneurs, and to develop innovative and creative leaders. We also share similar academic majors and a focus on the study of contemporary music.

As you are searching for next steps, I would like to share information on one possible solution. Berklee Online is a division of Berklee focused on teaching students who are unable to come to the Boston campus. It offers a fully online, flexible, and affordable bachelor's degree program with eleven majors, all of which are taught by Berklee faculty and industry professionals. It is nonprofit and, just like the Boston campus, regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

What may prove helpful and practical about Berklee Online's programs:

  • You can transfer up to 60 credits to the bachelor’s degree program. Special consideration will be given to UArts students who have completed more than 60 credits. Coursework needs to align with your intended major, with a grade of C- or better.
    Please see our UArts Transfer Guide for more information about how your previously completed credits will apply.
  • Given the circumstances surrounding the closing, we are offering a fast-track admissions process, requiring only an application and unofficial transcript showing that you are in good academic standing.
  • Berklee Online tuition is 67% less than UArts’ tuition, and federal financial aid is available to students who are US citizens or permanent residents.
  • You can choose from 11 majors, including:

    Learn more about our online undergraduate and graduate degrees.

  • The online degree program serves over 2,000 students from across the country and around the world. Our students and faculty have formed a tight-knit, global community with myriad opportunities for professional collaborations, networking, and friendship.
  • Not only do students work regularly with Berklee faculty and industry professionals, they have dedicated academic advisors and student support services to ensure that the learning experience is top-notch.
  • Berklee Online has been the recipient of the best online college course award for an unprecedented eight years in a row from the national University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), in addition to three of its faculty winning UPCEA’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and has a 97% student satisfaction rate.
  • Berklee Online offers four semester starts per year (fall, winter, spring, and summer). The next semester begins June 24th, 2024.
  • Berklee has Summer programs throughout the months of June, July, and August.

As you embark on this unexpected journey, know that your creativity and passion are your greatest strengths. Berklee Online stands ready to support and guide you as you continue to pursue your artistic dreams, ensuring that your education and ambitions remain vibrant and within reach.


Sean P. Hagon
Dean of Pre-College, Online, and Professional Programs
Berklee Online

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