Miami Dade College—U.S.

This program enables students to begin their music education at Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida, and complete an undergraduate degree at Berklee in Boston. Once accepted to Berklee, students may receive transfer credit for certain courses taken at Miami Dade.

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

Entrance Requirements

Miami Dade 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 Miami Dade 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: Miami Dade transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 
  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Miami Dade 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 = 20)

Miami Dade College Courses Berklee Courses
MUT 1111 Theory I (3 credits) PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
MUT 2351 Introduction to Popular Music Arranging AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
MUT 1112 Theory II (3 credits) HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
MUT 2116 Theory III (3 credits) HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
MUT 2117 Theory IV (3 credits) 

HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)

MUT 1241 Sightsinging and Ear Training 1 (1 credit)

ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)

MUT 1242 Sightsinging and Ear Training 2 (1 credit)

ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)

MUT 2246 Sightsinging and Ear Training 3 (1 credit)

ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement

MUT 2247 Sightsinging and Ear Training 4 (1 credit)

ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 32)

Miami Dade College Courses Berklee Courses
ENC 1101 English Composition I (Gen Ed.) LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing (3 credits)
ENC 1102 English Composition II (Gen Ed.) LENG-223 Literature (3 credits)
SPC 1017 Fundamentals of Speech (Gen Ed.) LENG-211 Effective Communication (3 credits)
MGF 1106 Mathematics for Liberal Arts I (Gen Ed.)

LMSC-xxx Mathematics course (200 level or above) (3 credits)

MGF 1107 (MAC) Mathematics for Liberal Arts II (Gen Ed.)

LMSC-xxx Mathematics course (200 level or above) (3 credits)

HUN 1201 Essentials of Human Nutrition (Gen Ed.)

LMSC-xxx Natural Science course (200 level or above) (3 credits)

PSC 1121 General Education Physical Science (Gen Ed.)

LMSC-xxx Natural Science course (200 level or above) (3 credits)

CLP 1006 Psychology of Personal Effectiveness (Gen Ed.)

MTH-301 Behavioral Assessment and Observation (3 credits)

AMH 2010 History of the US to 1877 (Gen Ed.) LHIS-2xx History Elective (3 credits)
ARH 1000 Art Appreciation (Any Gen Ed. Art History) LVIS-223 Art History Topics (3 credits)
MUH 2111 Survey of Music History 1 (Gen Ed.) and MUH 2112 Survey of Music History 2 (Gen Ed.) MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition (2 credits)

General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 6)

MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COURSEs BERKLEE COURSEs
MUT 2238 Jazz Keyboard Harmony 1 ILPN-271 Jazz Harmonic Techniques for Piano 1 (1 credit)
MUT 2239 Jazz Keyboard Harmony 2 ILPN-272 Jazz Harmonic Techniques for Piano 2 (1 credit)
MUT 2641 Introduction to Jazz Improvisation 1 
PSIJ-211 Jazz Improvisational Techniques (2 credits)
MUT 2642 Jazz Improvisation 2 PSIJ-221  Jazz Improvisations Techniques 1 (2 credits)

*Note that other Miami Dade College courses will satisfy the liberal arts requirements.

Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 64 credits