Frequently Asked Questions about Registering for Courses
If you’ve been at Berklee for more than two semesters, you are no longer eligible for 50-minute private instruction. You must instead register for a 30-minute private lesson. Learn more about registering for private instruction and/or recital preparation on this page about private instruction and recital preparation requirements.
To register for private instruction on an instrument outside of your principal instrument family, you must request a waiver from the department chair of the secondary instrument in which you wish to take the private lesson. Your instrumental chair must enter a prerequisite waiver into the Colleague system before you can attempt to add the private instruction to your schedule.
Although your major may allow you to take additional private instruction, you can only register for one private instruction (and for performance majors, one recital preparation) per semester. If you wish to add a second private instruction course to a term, you must first get approval from the instrumental chair. Keep in mind that an extra private instruction fee ($1,570 per credit) will be charged when a second private instruction is taken within a single semester. Learn more about registering for private instruction and/or recital preparation on this page about private instruction and recital preparation requirements.
To ensure that the ensemble registration process is fair, students are only allowed to register for a specific number of ensembles during the registration period, according to instrument. Once all students have had the opportunity to register, additional ensembles can be added. See ensemble information to learn more.
You will need to contact the course instructor to request an audition for that particular ensemble.
You must get approval from the department chair in order to be waived into an ensemble in which your ratings are lower than required.
In general, you may not register for a course if you have not met the prerequisite requirements, which are listed in the course descriptions. You should also check to make sure you have the proper corequisites and ensemble ratings, and whether you are eligible to elect the course ("Electable by") before registering.
You will need to show a passing grade, transfer credit, or credit by exam to satisfy course prerequisites. Courses you are currently enrolled in can count as passed courses to help you meet prerequisite requirements; however, a non-passing final grade in a current course may mean you will be removed from a course or courses next term.
If you do not have all the prerequisites for a course but still wish to take it, you can petition the course chair to waive the prerequisite restriction(s). Course chairs approve prerequisite waiver appeals at their discretion.
First make sure that the prerequisite waiver has been entered into the Colleague system by the department chair. Once the waiver has been processed, you can add the course yourself on my.berklee.edu.
Go to my.berklee.edu and select all courses at once using the checkboxes on the left-hand side. When done, press “Submit,” and the courses will now register at the same time.
Maybe not. In general, you may not add a section of a course if the section has reached its maximum enrollment. But in some instances, at the discretion of the course chair and instructor, an exception may be made and you’ll be granted a population waiver, which overrides the maximum number of students allowed in a class. The chair must enter the population waiver into the Colleague system before you can attempt to add the course in my.berklee.edu.
If you have permission from the instructors for both courses, you can register into two courses with a time conflict. First add one of the courses online yourself, and then add the overlapping course at the front desk of the Center for Student Advising and Success.
Students may enroll in most courses for a second or subsequent time. Certain rules apply, and some majors may have additional limitations on which courses, or how many courses, may be retaken. Students are strongly advised to meet with the appropriate department chair or program director before repeating any course. See repeating courses for more details.
No, students are not allowed to audit any courses at Berklee. You must be registered for all courses that you plan on taking by the end of the add/drop period. See important policies and procedures for more information on Berklee’s audit policy.
Once you’ve submitted your transfer credits, the processing time for credit awarding is generally between three to five business days. You can find instructions for transferring credits, along with important policies and requirements, in the Transfer Credit Services Guide.
Yes. If you exceed the maximum credit load in a semester (16 credits for degree students and 13 credits for diploma students), you will be charged extra per credit. You may register for up to four extra credits each term and will be charged $1,615 per credit for each extra credit.
You must request a waiver from the department chair of the specified major to be able to register for a course in a major different from your own.
If you feel that a course is either too challenging or not challenging enough, you can request a change of level for the course from the appropriate department chair.
The General Math and Logarithms exams are taken in order to be eligible for certain courses. Once you take the exam(s), please wait one business day for your results to become available on my.berklee.edu. If don’t see your scores, please contact the Office of the Registrar. Once the results are processed, you will be able to use the exam(s) as a prerequisite for courses that require it, and you can add the course yourself on my.berklee.edu.