MacEwan University—Canada

This program enables students to begin their music education at MacEwan University (MacEwan) in Edmonton, Canada, and complete an undergraduate degree at Berklee in Boston. Once accepted to Berklee, students may receive transfer credit for certain courses taken at MacEwan.

Visit the MacEwan website to learn more about the credit transfer pathway to Berklee.

Entrance Requirements

MacEwan students who wish to transfer to Berklee are required to go through Berklee's official undergraduate admissions process. Students accepted to Berklee will receive transfer credit for courses taken at MacEwan in accordance with an agreement between the two schools. 

Generally, students must receive a grade of B (3.00/4.00) or higher on core music and performance courses, and a grade of C (2.00/4.00) or higher on all liberal arts or general elective courses. As part of the admissions process, transfer students will be asked to submit an official transcript showing all courses specified as completed with a satisfactory grade before transfer credit will be granted.

See more information about the Berklee core music courses.

Liberal Arts and General Electives 

Students transferring to the Bachelor of Music degree program at Berklee College of Music must earn a minimum of 39 credits in liberal arts and may utilize six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may utilize up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit.

See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee.

Performance Courses

  • Ensembles: MacEwan transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 
  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at MacEwan will not transfer directly. Students must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee. All transferring students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival and may receive advanced placement in principal instrument courses. Any credit resulting from advanced placement in the principal instrument will be awarded when all other requirements for graduation have been completed.

Potential transfer credits in ensembles: six credits

Required Courses

Core Music Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 22)

MacEwan Courses Berklee Courses
MUSC 101 Theory I
PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
MUSC 203 Arranging I or MUSC 313 Arranging I
AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
MUSC 205 Composition I or MUSC 209 Introduction to Composition I and MUSC 210 Introduction to Composition II HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
MUSC 102 Theory II HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
MUSC 201 Advanced Jazz Harmony HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
MUSC 111 Ear Training I
ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
MUSC 112 Ear Training II
ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
MUSC 213 Ear Training III
ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 (2 credits) Solfege 1 depending on Berklee major requirement
MUSC 214 Ear Training IV
ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits) depending on Berklee major requirement
MUSC 206 Composition II CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 (2 credits)

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 23)

MacEwan Courses Berklee Courses
MUSC 263 Introduction to Music Technology or MUSC 261 Music Technology I MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
ENGL 101 Critical Reading and Writing or ENGL 111 Communications LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing (3 credits)
Any comparative literature course or any English course that is literature based LENG-223 Literature (3 credits)
HIST 111 Early World History or any university transfer history course LHIS-223 History Topics (3 credits)
ARTE 101 Art History 1 or ARTE 102 Art History 2 LVIS-231 The Ancient and Medieval (3 credits) or LVIS-232 The Renaissance to the Present (3 credits)
Any astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, or zoology course LMSC-2xx Fulfills natural science requirement (3 credits)
Any anthropology, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology course LSOC-2xx Fulfills social science requirement (3 credits)
Any three other liberal arts courses Fulfills liberal arts electives (3 credits)

General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 10)

MUSC 204 Arranging II or MUSC 314 Arranging II AR-112 Arranging 2 (2 credits)
MUSC 121 History of Jazz MLAN-335 Analysis Progressive Rock Music (2 credits)
MUSC 122 History of Popular Music MLAN-2xx Music Analysis Elective (2 credits)
MUSC 206 Composition II CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition II (2 credits)
MUSC 262 Music Technology II PW-161 Technology Tools for the Writer (2 credits)


Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 61 credits