Mohawk College—Canada

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

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

Entrance Requirements

Mohawk 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 Mohawk in accordance with an agreement between the two schools.

Students transferring to Berklee must earn a grade of B or higher (3.00–4.00) in each level 1 (core music) course, and a grade of C or higher (2.00–4.00) in each level 2 (other liberal arts and general electives) course designated for transfer in this agreement (see "Required Courses" below) in order to receive transfer credit from Berklee.

To earn credit for any course in level 1 for which students receive a grade below B, students will be required upon entering Berklee to (1) take the entering student proficiency assessment (ESPA) for harmony and ear training courses; (2) earn credit by exam (CBX) for music technology, tonal harmony, and counterpoint courses; or (3) enroll in the course at Berklee. For any course in level 2 for which students receive a grade below C, credit will not be granted.

Residency Requirements
Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement: All students, including candidates transferring from another school, are normally required to complete at least four semesters of attendance and a minimum of 60 credits for the Bachelor of Music degree (or 48 credits for the professional diploma) in order to graduate from the college. This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

See more information about core music courses at Berklee. 

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 use six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may use up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit. Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement (see above). This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee. 

Performance Courses

  • Ensembles: Mohawk transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 

  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Mohawk are nontransferable. Berklee’s policy states that all students, including transfer students, must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee, regardless of their level of proficiency. All transfer students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival at Berklee to ensure appropriate placement in principal instrument courses.

We encourage you to review the Berklee Global Academic Partner Berklee Track Guidebook, which provides comprehensive information about the credit transfer process.

Curriculum and Courses

Level 1: Required Core Music Courses (33 Potential Transfer Credits)

Students must complete all of the required core music courses listed in block 1 below to be eligible for transfer credits. Contact the academic advisor at this institution to ask for details.

block 1 (16 credits)  
Mohawk college courses Berklee College of Music Course Equivalents
MUSC 10056: Contemporary Harmony 1 PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
MUSC 10063: Contemporary Harmony 2 HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
MU185 Arranging 1 AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
MUSC 10014 Ear Training and Solfege 1 ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
MUSC 10024 Ear Training and Solfege 2 ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
MUSC 10044 Tonal Harmony 1; MUSC 10051: Tonal Harmony 2 CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
MUSC 10039 Music Technology 1
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
block 2 (17 Potential additional credits)
mohawk college courses berklee college of music course equivalents
MUSC 10059 Contemporary Harmony 3 HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
MUSC 10059 Contemporary Harmony 4 HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
MUSC 10026 Ear Training and Solfege 3 ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
MUSC 10027 Ear Training and Solfege 4 ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement

MUSC 10062 Tonal Harmony 3 and 
MUSC 10069 Tonal Harmony 4

CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 (2 credits)
MU164 Counterpoint 1 CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint (3 credits)
MU264 Counterpoint 2 CP-215 Art of Counterpoint 2 (2 credits)*
MU187 Conducting 1 COND-211 Conducting 1 (1 credit)
MU287 Conducting 2
COND-212 Conducting 2 (1 credit)*
Berklee core music courses required by some Berklee degree programs

Level 2: Other Liberal Arts and General Elective Courses (15 Potential Transfer Credits) 
Note: Contact the academic advisor at this institution to ask about the courses below.

COMM LL041 Communication LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing (3 credits)
Critical and Innovative Thinking OPEL-xxxx General Education Elective 1 LSOC-2xx Social Science Course (3 credits)
MUSC 10124: History of Western Music or 
Western Classical Music History 1 and 2
MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition (2 credits)
MUSC 10121: Keyboard Skills 1 (non-pianists) ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard Techniques 1 (1 credit)
MUSC 10122: Keyboard Skills 2 (non-pianists) ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard Techniques 2 (1 credit)
History of Jazz/Popular Music 1 and 2; or 
MUSC 10114: Popular Music and Society
MLAN-335 Analysis of Progressive Rock Music (2 credits)
MUSC 10086: Scoring for Media 1 FS-114 Introduction to Film Scoring (Non-Majors) (2 credits)
MUSC 10087: Songwriting 1 SW-111 Essentials for Songwriting (1 credit)

Potential Transfer Credit Summary
Level 1 courses: 33 credits
Level 2 courses: 15 credits
Ensemble courses: 6 credits
Total: 54 credits