International College of Music—Malaysia

This program enables students to begin their music education at International College of Music (ICOM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and complete an undergraduate degree at Berklee in Boston. Once accepted to Berklee, students may receive transfer credit for certain courses taken at ICOM.

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

Entrance Requirements

ICOM 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 ICOM in accordance with an agreement between the two schools. 

Generally, students must receive a grade of C (2.30/4.00) 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: ICOM transfer students may receive up to three transfer credits for ensembles. 
  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at ICOM 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: three credits

Required Courses

Core Music Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 23)

ICOM COURSEs Berklee Courses
FP101 Fundamentals of Music Theory
PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
AR020 Scoring for Rhythm Section
AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
CH010 Contemporary Music Harmony HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
CH020 Advanced Contemporary Music Harmony HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)

ET010 Basic Ear Training

ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
ET020 Intermediate Ear Training
ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
ET111 Aural Training
ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 depending on Berklee major requirement (2 credits)
TM010 Traditional Harmony and Composition
CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
TM020 Traditional Two-Part Writing
CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint 1 (3 credits)
TM121 J. S. Bach Inventions CP-215 Art of Counterpoint 2 (2 credits)
FP102 Music Performance Lab ICOM required course
PS020 Music Performance Studies 2 ICOM required course

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 24)

MT010 Music Technology and MIDI Systems
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
GE001 Preparatory English for College LENG-2xx Liberal Arts English elective (3 credits)
GE013 Academic Writing in English LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing (3 credits)
GE020 Acoustics for Musicians
LMSC-208 Music Acoustics (3 credits)
HM010 Survey of Pop Music
MHIS-322 History of Rock Music (2 credits)
HM111 Malaysian Music History and HM121 Western Music History
MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition (2 credits)
LN101 Moral Studies LSOC-xxx Social Science Course (3 credits)
GE030 Electronics and Computer Systems LHUM-2xx Liberal Arts elective (3 credits)
LN102 Islamic Studies, or LN103 Malaysian Studies LHUM-2xx Liberal Arts elective (3 credits)

General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 8)

AR121 Arranging for Horns
AR-112 Arranging 2 (2 credits)
MB101 Introduction to Music Business MB-101 Introduction to the Music Business (2 credits)
MB112 Business Communications
MB-287 Business Communication (2 credits)
MT106 Computer Applications in Business
MB-255 Computer Applications in the Music Industry (2 credits)


Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 58 credits