We created this guide to help you at every stage along your path to graduation, including helping you have a seamless registration experience. Each section below includes instructions and information about building your schedule, understanding your degree audit, general registration procedures, and where to go for help.
Know your assigned online registration date and time. You can find it on the Registration Profile screen in your my.berklee.edu account.
Check and clear your restrictions, listed on the Registration Profile screen in your my.berklee.edu account. Read about how to clear your restrictions.
Know what courses you need to take. Work on your academic plan throughout the semester to prepare for a quick and easy registration. Review your major grid, consult with an academic advisor and/or major department, and check out our video series to chart your path to graduation.
Make sure you are eligible to register for the courses you plan to take. Read course descriptions, required prerequisites, and more.
Preparing for Registration
Below, read the additional steps you should take based on where you are on your academic path.
Students in Their First Semester
Use Your First-Semester Support Team
- Connect with your SAM: Check your Berklee email or the SAM portal in the OL for information about meeting with your SAM during registration.
- Connect with your assigned academic advisor: Schedule an appointment or attend drop-in advising hours.
Explore Your Prospective Major
- Check out this video series featuring interviews with each of the major and minor department chairs.
- Take a look at the major grids to understand when you should take each of the required courses for your prospective major.
- You may wish to register for a major introductory course. Read the list of suggested introductory courses for each major.
Attend the Planning Your Second Semester Session
Academic Advising will present the Planning Your Second Semester session approximately two weeks before the registration period begins. During this required session, you will learn how to read your major grid, how to build your schedule, how to navigate registration on my.berklee.edu, and where to go for additional assistance.
Investigate Course Offerings
If You Know Which Major You Want to Declare
Be sure to declare your major before your assigned online registration date and time to ensure that you will be permitted to register for the major-specific courses you need. Go to your selected major department’s page for specific requirements and for instructions for declaring the major.
If You’re Unsure Which Major You Want to Declare
Berklee students are expected to declare their major before beginning their third semester. If you are in third-semester standing or above and have not yet declared your major, meet with your academic advisor to review your plans and confirm your path toward graduation.
Learn more about Berklee’s majors from this video series recorded during the annual majors fair.
Check your degree audit to review your remaining academic requirements. You may also wish to meet with your major chair or the designated department advisor to learn about major-specific courses and requirements.
If you believe there is an error on your degree audit:
Getting Ready to Graduate: Your Final Two Semesters
Meet with your major chair or the designated department advisor for assistance with planning your final two semesters.
Review your degree audit to confirm that your courses have been correctly applied to your requirements.
Follow the instructions on the Apply to Graduate page to notify the college that you intend to complete your program.
If you last attended before spring 2020: Follow the instructions on the Returning Student Information page.
If you last attended in spring, summer, or fall 2020: You do not need to go through the returning-student process; you can register for classes as normal. View your online registration date and time on my.berklee.edu.
International students: Read I-20 and visa information on the International Student Services page.
Frequently Asked Questions
I completed the General Math and/or Logarithms exams, but my score isn't showing up yet. What should I do?
Scores typically appear in your my.berklee.edu account one business day after you complete the exam. If you do not see your scores after one business day has passed, contact the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com.
You must wait until your exam scores appear on my.berklee.edu before you can register for courses that require the exam(s) as a prerequisite.
What should I do if a course section I want is closed?
The course chair and instructor have the discretion to grant a population waiver, which would allow you to register for a specific course section after all the seats have been filled. You must contact the instructor and/or course chair to request a waiver. If a waiver is granted, you will be permitted to add the class once the instructor/chair submits their approval to the Office of the Registrar and it appears on my.berklee.edu.
After I register, how long will it take for my courses to appear on my schedule?
It can take up to one business day for courses to appear on your schedule on my.berklee.edu. If they are still missing after three business days, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I earn credits if I retake a course?
Yes, you will still earn credits if you retake a course. Every course and grade earned will appear on your transcript, including any repeated courses. While retaking a course is permitted in most cases, please confirm with the course chair before you register. Read more about repeated courses.
Can I audit a course?
No. Auditing a course (sitting in on a class you are not registered for) is not permitted at Berklee. You must be registered by the end of the add/drop period for all courses you intend to take. Read about the audit policy.
How long does it take to process my transfer credits?
Once we receive your transcript, it typically takes three to five business days for your transfer credits to appear in your my.berklee.edu account. Read the Transfer Credit Services Guide for transfer instructions and more information.
Are there additional fees to take more than the maximum credit load in a semester?
Yes. You will be charged per credit if you exceed the maximum credit load in a semester (16 credits for degree students and 13 credits for diploma students). You may register for up to four extra credits each semester. The per-credit fee is listed under Miscellaneous Fees on the Tuition and Related Costs page.
Find descriptions, prerequisites, and course chair information in our course catalog.
How do I register for a course if I haven't completed the prerequisites?
You can ask the course chair to waive the prerequisite requirements. Course chairs approve prerequisite waiver appeals at their discretion. Prerequisite requirements are listed in the course descriptions.
My department chair has waived the course prerequisite. How do I register for the course?
Once the waiver has been processed, you can add the course yourself on my.berklee.edu. It can take up to 24 hours for the waiver to appear on your account. If you are unable to register after 24 hours have passed, contact email@example.com.
How do I register for courses that require each other as a prerequisite?
Go to my.berklee.edu and select all courses at once using the checkboxes on the left-hand side. When done, press “Submit.” The courses will register at the same time.
Private Instruction and Ensembles
You will register for ensembles and private instruction each semester until you have completed all requirements for your major.
Why can't I register for 50-minute private instruction?
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.
How do I register for private instruction on a secondary instrument?
Contact the department chair of your secondary instrument to request a waiver. You can add the private instruction to your schedule after the chair of your secondary instrument enters the waiver into the system.
Why can’t I add a second ensemble?
Students may only register for one ensemble during the registration period. You may add an additional ensemble after all students have had the opportunity to register.
How do I register for an audition-only ensemble?
Contact the instructor to ask for instructions regarding the audition and registration process for their ensemble.
Can I register for an ensemble that requires a higher rating than what I have?
You must get approval from the department chair if your ratings do not meet the requirements to register for the ensemble.