Core Software

Students entering Berklee College of Music are required to purchase the software package below, which is crucial to your success not only as a student at Berklee, but as a professional embarking on a career in the music industry. This purchase is required of all entering students at Berklee College of Music with no exceptions, but does not apply to entering Boston Conservatory at Berklee students.* Updates to these applications will be provided to you at no cost during your enrollment (with the exception of Pro Tools, which requires an upgrade fee after the first year).

The core software package requirement extends to all undergraduate students. Because this suite is offered as a package, you must purchase the full package, as described below, even if you already own some of the software included in it; please refrain from purchasing music software in anticipation of attending Berklee. A charge for this package will be automatically added to your student account in the first semester.

During orientation week, information on registering for and downloading the applications in the Core Software Package will be emailed to students. Please contact the Technology Service Desk with specific questions. 

*Boston Conservatory at Berklee students may need to purchase specific software for some Berklee College of Music courses in which they enroll. Check with your instructor for more information on specific software requirements for each course.

Note that any and all contents, components, and pricing listed here are subject to change at any time without notice.

Core Software Package $1,010
Massachusetts Sales Tax, 6.25% $63.13
Total (This price will be displayed on your tuition statement.) $1,073.13

This package includes the following software:


(Click the icons to view more information about the given software.)

Apple Logic Pro X Icon


Apple Logic Pro X


Avid Pro Tools Icon


Avid Pro Tools**





MakeMusic Finale


MakeMusic Finale


Microsoft Office Icon


Microsoft Office





**USB iLok for ProTools


Students will need to purchase a USB iLok on their own for use in authorizing and running Pro Tools. Pro Tools can also be authorized via a cloud license, and information on setting up Pro Tools via cloud authorization will be provided to students. However for longer term use, students should purchase their own physical USB iLok as well.

Suggested purchase links include the following: