MP&E Major Application FAQ
For an overview of the music production and engineering (MP&E) major at Berklee and a look at whether it may be right for you, please see the department's About page. If, after learning more, you are interested in applying to the MP&E major, read the information below to learn how to do so and find answers to common questions about the application process.
Applications to the MP&E major are accepted twice annually, during the first six weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Students apply in the fall for a spring semester start, and in the spring for a summer or fall semester start. There is no application period during the summer semester.
Note: Summer and fall enrollment share a single application deadline in the spring.
|For Admission into:||Deadline (by 5:00 PM)|
|Summer or fall 2016||Deadline has already passed|
|Spring 2017||Friday, October 14, 2016|
|Summer or fall 2017||Friday, February 24, 2017|
Students must be accepted to and enrolled at Berklee before being considered for admission into the music production and engineering (MP&E) major. A student must have completed at least one semester and a minimum of 12 Berklee credits before being eligible to apply to the MP&E major. Students transferring 12 or more credits to Berklee from other institutions, including Berklee International Network (BIN) and other articulation schools, may apply during their first semester at Berklee. Final MP&E Selections decisions on all first semester transfer students are held until final grades from their first semester have been posted. Transfer students applying to MP&E in their first semester should contact the MP&E office at 617 747-2400 for additional advising.
Criteria for admission include: demonstrated musicianship; academic accomplishment; maturity and acuity; written and oral communication skills; and a demonstrated willingness to collaborate. Previous recording or music production experience is considered a plus.
All applications are reviewed by the MP&E Selections Committee, which consists of full-time MP&E faculty and leadership.
There is no specific GPA requirement for applying to MP&E. However, an applicant’s current GPA is one of several factors considered by the MP&E Selections Committee as an indicator of the applicant’s ability to function in a rigorous academic environment.
There are two steps to the online application:
- Students must create a user account on mpe.berklee.edu (requires a valid berklee.edu email account)
- The student should submit the online application for admission to the music production and engineering major at mpe.berklee.edu/admissions/application
Applications are accepted beginning on the first day of classes, until Friday, 4:00 p.m. (EST/EDT) of the sixth week of classes, during the fall and spring semesters.
Notification of MP&E selection decisions will be sent through Berklee student email on the first Monday of Registration. Final MP&E selection decisions on all first semester transfer students are held until final grades from their first semester have been posted.
Annually, 140 students are admitted to the MP&E major. Sixty spots are awarded each fall and spring semester, and 20 students are accepted for the summer semester. The rate of acceptance is approximately 50 percent.
Yes. Students intending to pursue the MP&E major are encouraged to consult the academic grids and enroll in LMSC-209 (preferred) or LMSC-208 to satisfy their acoustics requirement. Please note that both acoustics courses require a math prerequisite; this is satisfied by completing a math course, transfer credit, or passing the math proficiency exam offered each semester.
Students interested in the MP&E program may consider enrolling in MP-110 Introduction to Music Production and Engineering, if they would like a broad overview of the field and the recording industry. Students may also consider taking MP-113 Accelerated Pro Tools to gain facility in this digital audio workstation, which is the dominant DAW used in MP&E.
Upon receipt of the electronic application, all applicants will be contacted to schedule a 20-minute personal interview with a member of the MP&E Selections Committee. There is no need for special preparation, and the format is informal. If the MP&E department has not contacted you within two business days to schedule your interview, please call the MP&E department directly at 617 747-2400.
After notification of acceptance and completion of your Declaration of Major paperwork in the MP&E office, you must add the following first semester MP&E courses to your schedule: MP-211, MP-214, MP-215, MP-225, as well as LMSC-209 (preferred) or LMSC-208 if you have not already taken acoustics. Note: dual majors should consult their dual major grid in order to verify their particular course sequence.
If accepted to the MP&E major, am I required to own any specific computer hardware or software for use in conjunction with the Berklee Laptop Package?"] Yes. In addition to owning the Berklee Laptop Package, students enrolling in the MP&E major must purchase the items detailed on the Technology for Music Production and Engineering Students page. Note: All required hardware and software must be purchased and installed prior to the first day of class.
Yes. Students can re-apply without penalty or prejudice. Re-applicants are free to contact the MP&E office at 617 747-2400 to schedule an advising appointment.
Yes. If you have been accepted and are not able to begin the major in the semester for which you were accepted, you must contact Barbara Thomas, program associate for MP&E, at 617 747-2931 immediately. Otherwise, your spot in the major will not be guaranteed.
For further information, please contact the MP&E office at 617 747-2400.