Admission Interviews

The interview experience is an integral part of the selection process. It highlights your strengths and helps us assess your aptitude and ability to succeed at Berklee. All applicants are required to complete a self-recorded interview on the Kira Talent interview platform. The interview consists of both written and videotaped questions that you can answer at your own pace. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a second-round, online interview, conducted live with the Berklee NYC admissions team.

Berklee is committed to providing equitable access to our auditions and interviews. Please contact to inquire about any accommodation or accessibility needs.

Interview Questions Areas

If you are invited to participate in a second-round interview, the interviewer will use information provided on your application as the foundation for this discussion. Depending on the specialization you’re applying to, you may be asked technical or field-based questions. Come prepared to highlight your strengths and share your creative aspirations.

There are four primary areas of discussion in the interview:

1. Level of Preparation

In addition to discussing your ability to meet the rigors of our curriculum, we will consider your understanding of Berklee's history, mission, and inclusive approach to music. Keys to that approach include self-discipline, empathy, and the openness and curiosity essential to creativity.

2. Career Goals

Why have you chosen music as the primary focus of your graduate education? What outcomes are expected as a result of your attending Berklee? Do you have a clear idea of your career goals beyond a master’s degree?

3. Why Berklee?

In researching your options for pursuing a music education, what aspects of the Berklee model are most appealing to you? What motivated you to apply to this graduate program?

4. What Will You Bring?

What can you contribute to the Berklee community that will improve the quality of the experience for others in the program?