Required for All Master’s Degree Program Applicants
An interview is required for entry into all of our master’s degree programs. The interview experience is an integral part of the selection process for our master’s degree programs. It is designed to show your strengths and helps us assess your aptitude and ability to succeed in Berklee’s highly charged and dynamic environment.
Note that applicants to the Master of Arts in Music Therapy and Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) programs must also complete an audition. Applicants to the Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration) may be asked to submit additional examples of their playing as part of their supporting materials if they pass an initial screening.
Scheduling Your Interview
Once your application is complete and submitted, the Graduate Admissions Committee will review it and contact you if you are selected to continue on in the admissions process. Interviews take place at our Boston and Valencia campuses or online.
Interview Question Areas
The interviewer will use the information provided on your application as the foundation for this discussion. Depending on the master’s program you are applying to, you may be asked technical or field-based questions during the interview. Come prepared to highlight your strengths and share your creative aspirations. There are four primary areas of discussion in the interview:
In addition to each candidate's musical preparation to meet the rigors of our curriculum, consideration will be given to your understanding of Berklee's history and mission and to your affiliation with Berklee's open and inclusive approach to music, including the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music-making, and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity.
Why have you chosen music as the primary focus of your master’s education? What outcomes are expected as a result of your attending Berklee? Do you have a clear idea of career goals beyond a master’s degree?
In researching your options for pursuing an education in music, what aspects of the Berklee model are most appealing to you? What are your motivations behind applying to Berklee for a master’s degree?
In selecting our entering class, the Graduate Admissions Committee must identify how each admitted student will contribute to the quality of our community. How will you contribute to the Berklee network and improve the quality of the Berklee experience for all?