Prospective and Newly Accepted Student Information

 

Programs

Degree Program

Students who successfully complete the degree program will earn a bachelor of music (B.M.) degree upon graduation from the college. This track offers opportunities for the major concentrate, core music, private instruction, ensembles/labs, electives, and the following:

  • Full-time credit range of 12-16 credits per semester
  • Liberal arts courses (for college accreditation of the bachelor's degree)

Diploma Program

Students who successfully complete the diploma program will earn a professional diploma from the college upon graduation. This track offers opportunities for the major concentrate, core music, private instruction, ensembles/labs, electives, and the following:

  • Full-time credit range of 12-13 credits per semester

Enrollment Status (Part-Time vs. Full-Time)

All Berklee students are considered full-time unless they meet eligibility requirements to study part time. Students must fill out the required paperwork at the Counseling and Advising Center to study part-time. For more information on this policy, see the Berklee Bulletin.

General Academic Information for Students Transferring to Berklee from Another College or University

  • Send your official transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for evaluation well in advance of your arrival
  • The Office of the Registrar provides transfer credit services for prospective (once the transcripts have been received and reviewed by the Office of Admissions) and enrolled students. If you are seeking to transfer credit into Berklee, general information on policies and requirements can be found in the Transfer Credit Guide (pdf). For any specific questions, please get in touch with the Office of the Registrar directly at (617) 747-2240 or registrar@berklee.edu.
  • Entering Berklee students cannot declare a major during the admissions process. Generally, students need to have completed at least 24 credits to declare a major; therefore, most students declare their major as they are entering their third semester. However, as a transfer student, you may be eligible to do so earlier. You should be aware that some majors require an additional audition or application process. Read about the majors Berklee offers.
  • Your course schedule for your first semester at Berklee will be based on your placement exams and auditions during Orientation/Check-In week as well as your transfer credit. Transfer students do have some level of flexibility to make schedule changes.
  • A first-semester schedule will typically include two to three core music courses, a liberal arts course (degree program only), private instruction, and an ensemble. Generally, students are enrolled in at least seven courses in their first semester. Please note that courses range in value from one credit to three credits.
  • As an entering student, you will be linked with a peer advisor and a group of approximately 15 other transfer students who are similar in age.

General Academic Information for Students Who Are Attending College for the First Time

  • Your course schedule for your first semester at Berklee will be based on your placement exams and auditions during Orientation/Check-In
  • Entering Berklee students cannot declare a major during the admissions process. Generally, students need to have completed at least 24 credits to declare a major; therefore, most students declare their major as they are entering their third semester. Read about the majors Berklee offers.
  • A first-semester schedule will typically include two to three core music courses, private instruction, an ensemble, a liberal arts course (degree program only), and a freshmen seminar (degree program only). Generally, students are enrolled in at least seven courses in their first semester. Please note that courses range in value from one credit to three credits.
  • As an entering student, you will be linked with a peer advisor and a group of approximately 15 other first time college students who are similar in age