Courses Eligible for Transfer
Berklee primarily accepts undergraduate liberal arts courses for transfer credit. Additionally, History of Western Music, History of Rock 'n' Roll, History of Jazz, general Music History courses, Principles of Business Management and Principles of Financial Accounting courses are usually accepted into the music business or general elective categories. These classes are not part of the 24-credit liberal arts maximum.
Many courses taken through the International Baccalaureate program are eligible to be accepted at Berklee. The courses must be taken at the Higher Level (HL), with a minimum grade of 4 earned. Information regarding International Baccalaureate can be found at ibo.org.
General Certificate of Education-Advanced Level Exams
Advanced Level (A-Level) exams are accepted, provided that the official grade report is submitted to Berklee. The Information Projects Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar is responsible for evaluating these reports and has final say on acceptance and transfer equivalency.
Courses Not Eligible for Transfer
Berklee does not accept courses in the following fields: computer science, engineering, physical education and courses tailored for a specific vocation, included but not limited to auto mechanics, law, nursing or optometry.
Berklee also does not accept English courses taken at international institutions where English is not the official language, or English as a Second Language courses.
Berklee does not accept foreign language courses or AP or CLEP exams when they are in one of the student’s primary languages and/or primary languages of instruction.
Berklee does not accept high school level SUPA credits as an alternative to AP level credits.
Berklee does not typically accept Graduate level courses, although the college may allow some exceptions at the discretion of the academic records and information services specialist in the Office of the Registrar.
Berklee will not accept courses taken through a 3rd party vendor/website. All classes must be taken directly at the college from which you want to transfer courses.
Berklee does not award transfer credit for music courses, with the exception of music history and some music business courses. However, students may receive advance placement credit for some music courses following their Entering Student Placement Assessment (ESPA). ESPA is administered upon arrival to Berklee in a student's first semester. Additionally, students who feel they have expertise in a music course may speak with the course chair about the possibility of credit by exam.
Berklee has Credit Transfer Agreements with schools from around the world. These courses are not considered "transfer courses" but are part of a separate transfer agreement. For more information please refer to International Programs at berklee.edu/international.
Berklee has an agreement with the Professional Arts Consortium (ProArts), an association of schools around Boston. ProArts courses are not considered "transfer courses," but are registered and charged as courses taken at Berklee. For more information please refer to proarts.org.