Dublin City University—Ireland

This program enables students to begin their music education at Dublin City University (DCU) in Dublin, Ireland, and complete an undergraduate degree at Berklee in Boston. Once accepted to Berklee, students may receive transfer credit for certain courses taken at DCU.

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

Entrance Requirements

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

DCU Courses Berklee Courses
Harmony 1 (MC115) PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
Arranging 1 (MC214) AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
Harmony 2 (MC115) HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
Harmony 3 (MC217) HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
Harmony 4 (MC217) HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
Ear Training 1 (MC114) ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
Ear Training 2 (MC114) ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
Ear Training 3 (MC216) ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
Ear Training 4 (MC216) ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
Tonal Harmony 1 (MC119) CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
Tonal Harmony 2 (MC119) CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 (2 credits)

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 2)

DCU Courses Berklee Courses
History of Western Music MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition (2 credits)

General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 10)

Arranging 2 (MC214) AR-112 Arranging 2 (2 credits)
Improv Ensemble 1 (MC116) PSIJ-221 Jazz Improvisation Techniques 1 (2 credits) and PSIJ-321 Jazz Improvisation Techniques 2 (2 credits)
Improv Ensemble 2 (MC218) PSIJ-322 Jazz Improvisation Techniques 3 (2 credits) and PSIJ-421 Jazz Improvisation Techniques 4 (2 credits)


Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 42 credits