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 five weeks of the fall and spring semesters. If you are a Berklee student, you can apply to the MP&E major in the fall for a spring semester start, and in the spring for a summer or fall semester start.
|TO begin the MP&E Major In:||Applications Open: Tuesday, September 9, 2019|
|Spring 2020||Deadline: Friday, October 11, 2019, by 12:00 a.m. EST|
You must be accepted to and enrolled at Berklee before being considered for admission into the music production and engineering (MP&E) major. You must have completed at least one semester and a minimum of 12 Berklee credits before being eligible to apply to the MP&E major.
If you are transferring 12 or more credits to Berklee from other institutions, including Berklee International Network (BIN) and other articulation schools, you may apply during your first semester at Berklee. Final decisions on all first-semester transfer students applying to the MP&E major will not occur until final grades from your first semester have been posted. If you are a transfer student applying to MP&E in your first semester, please 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.
Notification of MP&E selection decisions will be sent through Berklee student email on the first Monday of the registration period. 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.
Hands-on recording studio experience is a central component of the MP&E curriculum. In order to deliver the highest standards of education, it is essential that reasonable ratios of enrollment to facilities and faculty be maintained.
Yes. If you intend to pursue the MP&E major, you are encouraged to consult the academic major grids and enroll in LMSC-209 (preferred) or LMSC-208 to satisfy your acoustics requirement. Please note that both acoustics courses require a math prerequisite; this is satisfied by completing a math course, transfer credit, or by passing the math proficiency exam (login required), which is offered each semester.
If you are interested in the MP&E program, you may also consider enrolling in MP-110 Introduction to Music Production and Engineering for 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. Also, students can take MP-114 Critical Listening Lab for Musicians and MP-115 Production Analysis Lab for Musicians. Both are online courses. Students who take MP-114 and MP-115, receive a passing grade, and apply to the major will receive credit in lieu of taking MP-214 and MP-215, which are requirements for all incoming students to the major.
Please note that this includes only courses registered through Berklee directly. Online courses taken through Berkleemusic.com will not be credited toward this major. Contact the MP&E office if you have further questions about this.
Upon receipt of your electronic application, you 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.
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 reapply without penalty or prejudice. Reapplicants 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 Department at 617-747-2400.