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.

Students transferring to Berklee must earn a grade equivalent to C or higher in each course, level 1 (Core Music) at ICOM, and a grade of C or higher in each level 2 (other liberal arts and general electives) course designated for transfer in this agreement (see "Required Courses" below) in order to receive transfer credit from Berklee.  

To earn credit for any course in level 1 for which students receive a grade below C, students will be required upon entering Berklee to (1) take the entering student proficiency assessment (ESPA) for harmony and ear training courses; (2) earn credit by exam (CBX) for music technology, tonal harmony, and counterpoint courses; or (3) enroll in the course at Berklee. For any course in level 2 for which students receive a grade below C, credit will not be granted. 

Residency Requirement
Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement: All students, including candidates transferring from another school, are normally required to complete at least four semesters of attendance and a minimum of 60 credits for the Bachelor of Music degree (or 48 credits for the professional diploma) in order to graduate from the college. This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.  

See more information about the core music courses at Berklee. 

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 use six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may use up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit. Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement (see above). This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

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 are nontransferable. Berklee’s policy states that all students, including transfer students, must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee, regardless of their level of proficiency. All transfer students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival at Berklee to ensure appropriate placement in principal instrument courses.

We encourage you to review the Berklee Global Academic Partner Berklee Track Guidebook, which provides comprehensive information about the credit transfer process.

Curriculum and Courses

Level 1: Required Core Music Courses (31 Potential Transfer Credits) 

ICOM COURSEs Berklee college of music Course equivalents
FP101 Fundamentals of Music Theory PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)

CH010 Contemporary Music Harmony and CH020 Advanced Contemporary Music Harmony

HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits), HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits), and 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) and ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1, depending on Berklee major requirement (2 credits)

ET111 Aural Training

ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2, depending on Berklee major requirement (2 credits)

AR020 Scoring for Rhythm Section AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
TM010 Traditional Harmony and Composition CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits) and CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 (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)*
MT010 Music Technology and MIDI Systems MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
*Berklee core music courses required by some Berklee degree programs

Level 2: Other Liberal Arts and General Elective Courses (20 Potential Transfer Credits) 

ICOM COURSEs BERKLEE college of music COURSE equivalents
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)
GE030 Electronics and Computer Systems LHUM-2xx Liberal Arts Elective (3 credits)
HM010 Survey of Pop Music MHIS-322 History of Rock Music (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)
ensemble courses required by icom
FP102 Music Performance Lab
Berklee Ensemble (1 credit)
PS010 Music Performance Studies 1
Berklee Ensemble (1 credit)
PS020 Music Performance Studies 2
Berklee Ensemble (1 credit)

Potential Transfer Credit Summary
Level 1 courses: 31 credits
Level 2 courses: 20 credits
Ensemble courses: 3 credits
Total: 54 credits