Graduation Policies

Graduation Requirements

Ordinarily, at least four semesters of full-time study must be spent at Berklee to qualify for the diploma or degree. Furthermore, all candidates seeking to graduate in a specific major field must attain at least a 2.70 CumGPA in that major and must complete a required project in the chosen area of concentration, as described and approved by the department chair. In addition, an overall CumGPA of 2.00 must be attained to graduate.

In addition to successful completion of all required courses, proficiencies, projects, recitals, etc., students must complete a minimum number of credits to qualify for graduation. 

Program Minimum Number of Credits
Diploma 96
Degree 120
Degree in music education 128
Degree in music therapy 122
Dual Majors  
Diploma 126
Degree 150
Dual degree including music education     158
Dual degree including music therapy 152

Graduation requirement grids for each major are available online at Major Grids Search.  Assistance in academic planning is available at the Academic Advising office and from departmental advisors. See Requirements for Graduation for more information.

Participating in the Annual Commencement Ceremony

Berklee holds one undergraduate commencement ceremony per year in Boston, which occurs in May on the Saturday after the last week of spring term classes. The following criteria are used to determine eligibility to participate in commencement:

  • Each graduating student is allowed to participate in only one commencement ceremony.
  • Students who complete all requirements for graduation in the summer or fall terms before the May ceremony or will finish at the end of the spring term may participate in the May ceremony in Boston.
  • A student who needs no more than nine credit hours after the spring semester to complete all remaining bachelor of music degree or professional diploma course requirements may participate in the May commencement ceremonies only if they have (a) completed any course with an "Incomplete" by the end of the spring add/drop period, (b) taken all credit by exam and CLEP tests by the end of the spring add/drop period, and (c) met all other graduation requirements, such as completion of a portfolio, recital, etc. 

Participating in the commencement ceremony does not mean all graduation requirements have been satisfactorily completed and is not the same as completing all degree or diploma requirements. The final responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements rests solely with each student. All academic requirements must be completed before the degree or diploma is awarded.