How to Apply

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Submit Your Application Form 

Create your account on the application portal. You will be asked to upload a statement of purpose, résumé, and program-specific portfolio. Then pay the nonrefundable fee to submit your completed application.

If you are Berklee alumni, you may be eligible for a fee waiver.

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Send Your Supporting Materials

In addition to the materials you will upload to your application directly (portfolio, statement of purpose, and résumé), there are other required materials, including your letter(s) of recommendation and your college transcript(s). 

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Confirm Your Interview 

Selected applicants will be invited to interview. Berklee uses a holistic approach for the preliminary interview process through the Kira Talent platform.


Once you have successfully completed your application, here's what you should do next:

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Apply for Financial Aid 

You’ll be considered for a merit-based scholarship automatically through the admissions process. Learn about tuition and financial aid. If you are a U.S. citizen, file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for aid.

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Check Your Status 

Throughout the process, we recommend you sign in to the application portal regularly to ensure that the admissions team has received everything they need to issue your decision. Any outstanding items will appear in your application checklist.

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Get Your Decision

We’ll send you an email when your admission decision is posted to the application portal. Your decision will also include information regarding any Berklee scholarship awards.


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Submit Required Supporting Materials

In addition to the materials you will upload to your application directly (portfolio, statement of purpose, and résumé), there are several other materials all graduate applicants are required to submit, including your letter(s) of recommendation and your college transcript(s). Review the important information below on how to submit these materials correctly.

When possible, all documents should be uploaded or submitted in PDF format.

Statement of Purpose 

Please provide a 500-word written essay (exported to a PDF, in English/translated to English) or a two- to four-minute video presentation (uploaded to YouTube). This personal statement should include:

  • an overview of your background;

  • why you are applying to the program; and

  • a brief analysis of artistic and professional opportunities that interest you.

Résumé/CV

Your résumé or CV should include your personal details, educational background, and work experience. The document must be written in or translated to English and a PDF.

One Letter of Recommendation

Your letter of recommendation should come from someone you have worked or collaborated with who can affirm and convey your musical strengths and skills. The letter must be written in or translated to English and a PDF.

Transcripts

We require official transcripts from your undergraduate bachelor’s degree. Do not submit transcripts for additional degrees or for high school. Applicants need to successfully complete their bachelor’s degree in order to start the master's degree program, and must submit official transcripts before the start of the program.

If you are admitted, you will be required to submit a copy of your diploma from your college or university before enrolling at Berklee.

If you are in the final year of your bachelor's degree program, you must submit your official transcripts for initial review. After graduation you will be required to submit your official, final transcripts or proof of graduation in order to matriculate.

How to Submit Your Transcript

Note: You are not required to submit GMAT or GRE scores with this application.


English Exam

Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit the results of one of the following standardized tests taken within two years of starting the graduate program:

When you send your exam scores, you may be asked for Berklee’s institution code: 3107. 

If you completed at least two years of full-time study at an English-speaking college or university, this requirement may be waived upon receipt of your transcripts.


Proof of Graduation

If you are admitted, a copy of your diploma or final transcript noting degree conferral date from your college or university must be submitted before you can enroll at Berklee.

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