Transferring Credits

General Policies

We offer a pre-approval service for transfer credit. Before taking a course outside of Berklee, you can have that course pre-approved for transfer. Simply submit a course description from the college/university's official course manual to the Office of the Registrar. Following a transfer credit evaluation, you will have the option to receive a Transfer Equivalency Report indicating which courses transferred and how those courses will apply toward graduation. For more information on getting a course pre-approved for transfer, see Transfer Credit Process.

Calendar Systems

Berklee operates under a semester-hour credit system. When transferring credit from a university using a different system, the following conversions must be made:

Quarter-Hour Systems

  • 3 quarter-hour credits outside of Berklee equal 2 semester-hour credits at Berklee
  • 4.5 quarter-hour credits outside Berklee equal 3 semester-hour credits at Berklee

(When necessary, courses on the quarter system will be combined and transferred as one 3 semester-hour credit course.)

Semester-Hour Systems

  • 2 semester-hour credits outside of Berklee equal 2 semester-hour credits at of Berklee (30 lecture hours equal 2 semester-hour credits
  • 3 semester-hour credits outside of Berklee equal 3 semester-hour credits at of Berklee (45 lecture hours equal 3 semester-hour credits

Minimum Grade

Courses must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of “C” (73 percent or 2.0) in order to be considered for transfer. Students from schools that rely on teacher evaluations rather than a grading system may still have courses accepted at Berklee if the evaluations meet transfer standards, in some instances, additional documentation may be required to complete course evaluations.

Contact Information

Prospective or Entering students may contact the Office of Admissions at 800-237-5533, 800-421-0084, 617-747-2223, or at

Continuing and Returning students may contact the academic records & information services specialist in the Office of the Registrar at, 617-747-8519, or stop by the Office of the Registrar (Uchida building, Suite 120).

The policies and procedures outlined in this guide are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the college.

To best understand the instructions provided in this guide, it is advisable to familiarize yourself with the Berklee degree and diploma programs, and specifically, the requirements for each. To review the requirements of these programs, please refer to the Major Grids.

General Requirements

Official Transcripts

Berklee College of Music values the college-level course work taken by students at other institutions of higher education throughout the world. Students are invited to submit official transcripts from institutions for transfer credit evaluation. Courses taken in the U.S. are eligible for transfer credit consideration only if taken at a regionally accredited institution.

A transcript is considered official only if it is sent directly from a college or university to Berklee, if it is delivered by a student in a sealed and stamped envelope to Berklee, or if it is electronically delivered from an official and secure electronic transcript service such as Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse.

Transcripts that have been opened or faxed are not considered official, and therefore, are not acceptable for transfer credit. Grade reports are also not accepted for transfer credit.

International Transcripts

Transcripts from all international institutions require an official translation to English and evaluation to American college standards by a certified credential evaluation service. The official translation must be mailed directly from the official translation service, or delivered in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions (Prospective and Entering students), or to the Office of the Registrar (Continuing and Returning students). Berklee recommends the following provider of translation and evaluation services:

       Education Credential Evaluators, Inc.
       PO Box 514070
       Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA

Important Note: This translation is required for all international transcripts, with the exception of Canadian transcripts. Be sure to remind any translation service that the translated transcript must include course names, the course credit values, and grades.

Residency Requirement

All students, including those transferring from other schools, are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits for the degree program and 48 credits for the diploma program at Berklee in order to graduate from the college. Degree students are also required to complete a Liberal Arts residency requirement of 6 credits taken at Berklee. Advanced placement, credit by exam, CLEP credit, and transfer credit do not count toward residency requirement credits, even if earned while at Berklee.

Required and Elective Courses

There are a number of liberal arts requirements in the Berklee degree program. To have a course transferred and equated as one of these required courses, the course descriptions must be generally comparable. In some cases, we may request that you provide an official course description from your previous institution's course manual or directly from the previous institution's official website to determine comparability.

A wide range of courses may be transferred in the general elective or liberal arts elective categories. Liberal arts courses may be used to satisfy a portion of the general elective requirements.