Berklee College of Music students must meet the following requirements to qualify for graduation:
- Attain at least a 2.70 cumulative GPA in major courses.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.
- Complete the principal instrument proficiency level, as specified by major.*
- Complete a required final project in the chosen area of concentration, as described and approved by the department chair (as applicable).
- Complete a minimum of four semesters of full-time attendance (also applies to candidates transferring from another school).
- For music education majors, complete all observation and student teaching requirements.
- For music therapy majors, complete all course work and a six-month, full-time, post-coursework internship.
- Fulfill all financial obligations to the college.
*Students must earn all required instrumental credit on a single principal instrument. Credit earned in instrumental instruction on a non-principal instrument may be applied toward instrument lab (ILxx) requirements. Students with principal instruments in the bass, brass, string, percussion, or woodwind families may use private instruction credit on more than one instrument within their respective family toward this requirement.
In addition to successful completion of all my.berklee.edu degree audit requirements, students must complete a minimum number of credits to qualify for graduation.
|Program||Minimum Number of Credits|
|Degree in Music Education||128|
|Degree in Music Therapy||122|
|Double degree including music education||158|
|Double degree including music therapy||152|
At the time of graduation, students who have attained a cumulative GPA within the following limits will have their diplomas and records inscribed with the corresponding honors.
|Summa cum laude||3.85–4.00|
|Magna cum laude||3.70–3.84|
All students, including candidates transferring from another school, are normally required to complete four semesters of full-time attendance and a minimum of 60 credits (48 credits for diploma students) at Berklee College of Music in order to graduate. Credit by exam (CBX), advanced placement credit, CLEP credit, and transfer credit do not count as residency requirement credits, even if earned while at Berklee College of Music.
Graduates are required to satisfy the following obligations, in addition to academic requirements:
- Settle all outstanding account balances with the Office of Student Accounts.
- Return all library materials and settle any outstanding library fees.
- Complete a loan exit interview with Financial Aid and/or a Perkins Loan officer. Exit interviews are required by the federal government. If you receive any type of federal funding, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 617-747-2274 or 800-538-3844 to arrange for an exit interview.
- International students should meet with their advisor in International Student Services.
Please note: Even if you have met all academic requirements, all outstanding financial obligations to the college must be resolved before you will be cleared to graduate and receive your diploma. Until this is done, the Office of the Registrar will place a hold on your diploma and official transcript, although you will still be allowed to participate in the May commencement ceremony.
To find out if there are any restrictions that could prevent you from graduating (i.e., a Student Accounts hold or library hold), log in to my.berklee.edu and then select "Registration and Check-in Profile Screen" under the Registration menu.
If you have questions regarding:
- your major/minor, contact your major/minor department chair;
- your private instruction or recital preparation, contact your principal instrument department;
- planning your final semester(s) and completing your degree audit requirements, contact email@example.com;
- the commencement ceremony, contact firstname.lastname@example.org;
- the commencement concert, contact email@example.com;
- policies and concerns for international students, contact firstname.lastname@example.org;
- transfer credits, contact email@example.com; or
- your degree audit and meeting graduation requirements, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.