Universidad San Francisco de Quito College of Music—Ecuador

The College of Music at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (CoM) is the leading higher education music program in Ecuador. For 20 years, CoM has been responsible for training, strengthening, and supporting musicians in the country. Every semester CoM offers clinics and workshops with top rated international musicians and producers.



Entrance Requirements

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

CoMUSFQ101 Music Application and Theory
PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
CoMUSFQ103 Arranging I
AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
CoMUSFQ201 Harmony II HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
CoMUSFQ231 Harmony III
HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
CoMUSFQ232 Harmony IV
HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
CoMUSFQ118 Ear Training I
ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
CoMUSFQ211 Ear Training II
ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
CoMUSFQ270 Ear Training III
ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
CoMUSFQ271 Ear Training IV
ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
CoMUSFQ120 Tonal Harmony and Composition I
CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
CoMUSFQ220 Tonal Harmony and Composition II
CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 (2 credits)
CoMUSFQ210 The Art of Counterpoint
CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint (3 credits)

CoM-USFQ450 Conducting I

COND-211 Conducting 1 (1 credit)

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 6)

COM-USFQ Courses BERKLEE Courses
CoMUSFQ110 Introduction to Music Technology
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
CoMUSFQ320 History of Western Music
MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition (2 credits)
CoMIMC0377 The Evolution of Jazz
MHIS-xxx Music History Elective (2 credits)

General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 10)

COM-USFQ Courses BERKLEE Courses
CoM-USFQ108 Basic Keyboard I
ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard 1 (1 credit)
CoM-USFQ209 Basic Keyboard II
ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard 2 (1 credit)
CoMUSFQ203 Arranging II
AR-112 Arranging 2 (2 credits)
CoM-USFQ262 Chord Scales Voicings for Arranging
AR-201 Chord Scale Voicings for Arranging (2 credits)
CoM-USFQ405 Advanced Modal Harmony
HR-345 Advanced Modal Harmony (2 credits)
CoMIMC 0122 Generalidades de la Industria Musica
MB-101 Introduction to Music Business (2 credits)


Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 53 credits