MacBook Pro

Students entering Berklee College of Music are required to own a MacBook Pro that meets the standards established by the academic and technology leadership of the institution. 

The specifications listed below are based on the minimum system requirements to install and use the software that is required for your coursework. 

Students are not able to purchase a computer through Berklee. If you need to purchase an Apple laptop, please order it as soon as possible as there may be delays in shipping from Apple.

This requirement does not apply to students entering Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Computer Specifications

If you own a MacBook Pro that meets or exceeds the requirements below, and is less than three years old, it will most likely meet the technology requirement.

A small number of computers that are eligible might not meet certain requirements for technology-focused majors, as system requirements for software may change without notice. You may need to upgrade your device during your stay at Berklee.

Current MacBook Pro models

Display 14-inch retina display or greater
Processor Apple M1 or greater
Memory 16 GB RAM (32 GB RAM is recommended)
Storage 512 GB or greater

You may learn more about these models on the Apple Store website.

2019–2022 MacBook Pro models

Display 13-inch retina display or greater
Processor Intel i7 or greater; Apple M1 or greater
Memory 16 GB RAM (32 GB RAM is recommended)
Storage 512 GB or greater

If you need help identifying your MacBook Pro model, please visit the How to Identify MacBook Pro Models page on the Apple website.

If you are purchasing outside the U.S., note that Apple has specific commerce restrictions for Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Official information from Apple on global trade compliance and global sales restrictions can be found on Apple's website. Restrictions in other countries or regions may exist. Berklee is not responsible for third-party company policies or global commerce restrictions.

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