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. 

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: Mohawk transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 
  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Mohawk 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 = 31)

Mohawk Courses Berklee Courses
MUSC 10056: Contemporary Harmony 1 PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
MU185: Arranging 1 AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
MUSC 10063: Contemporary Harmony 2 HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
MUSC 10059: Contemporary Harmony 3 HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
MUSC 10059: Contemporary Harmony 4 HR-212 Harmony 4 (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 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 10044: Tonal Harmony 1; MUSC 10051: Tonal Harmony 2 CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
MUSC 10062: Tonal Harmony 3; 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)

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 10)

Mohawk Course Titles Berklee Courses
MUSC 10039: Music Technology 1 MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
COMM LL041 Communication LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing (3 credits)
Critical and Innovative Thinking OPEL-xxxx General Education Elective 1 LSOC-xxx 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)

General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 9)

MU285: Arranging 2 AR-112 Arranging 2 (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)

Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 56 credits