Selkirk College—Canada

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

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

Entrance Requirements

Selkirk 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 Selkirk 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: Selkirk transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 
  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Selkirk 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 = 24)

Selkirk Courses Berklee Courses
MUSC 174 Contemporary Harmony 1 PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
MUSC 170 Arranging I AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
MUSC 175 Contemporary Harmony 2 HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
MUSC 274 Contemporary Harmony 3 HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
MUSC 275 Contemporary Harmony 4 HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
MUSC 180 Ear Training I ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
MUSC 181 Ear Training II ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
MUSC 280 Ear Training III ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
MUSC 281 Ear Training IV ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
MUSC 284 Composition I CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
MUSC 285 Composition II CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 (2 credits)

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 5)

SELKIRK Courses Berklee Courses
MUSC 160 Computer Applications to Music I MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
TWC 166 Communication Studies I LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing (3 credits)

General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 11)

MUSC 170 Arranging I AR-112 Arranging 2 (2 credits)
MUSC 154 Basic Keyboard I ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard 1 (1 credit)
MUSC 155 Basic Keyboard II ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard 2 (1 credit)
MUSC 161 Computer Applications to Music II OMPRD-180 Pro Tools 101 (3 credits)
MUSC 164 History of Rock
MLAN-335 Analysis of Progressive Rock Music (2 credits)
MUSC 165 History of Jazz
MLAN-2xx Music Analysis Elective (2 credits)


Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 46 credits