Academic Requirements

For all applicants to Boston Conservatory at Berklee, certain academic requirements must be met. Please find information specific to you below.


Freshman Applicants

In order to be considered for admission, you must complete an audition and submit all required application materials. For admission to a bachelor’s degree program, a high-school diploma is required. Applicants must have followed a college preparatory track at an accredited high school. Applicants who have completed a GED in conjunction with high-school-level coursework should send all relevant information.

Home-Schooled Applicants

Boston Conservatory at Berklee recognizes home schooling as a viable educational alternative. However, there are important and explicit regulations governing acceptable documentation. The Conservatory requires:

  • A full outline of the curriculum by subject, including textbooks for each course
  • Assessment procedures and grades
  • Evidence of official recognition by the school district and/or state department of education, or the GED

Boston Conservatory at Berklee reserves the right to rescind admission to any applicant whose application documentation is deemed incomplete or insufficient.

General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

High-school equivalency diplomas are issued by states to eligible applicants who pass the qualifying examinations. Specific age eligibility and required proof thereof are an essential part of the testing process. Boston Conservatory at Berklee adheres to the regulations governing eligibility established by the state education department and will accept GEDs from qualified applicants. While there are valid reasons for certain applicants to obtain the GED, the Conservatory does not recommend it as a substitute or shortcut for a traditional secondary education. In addition, the Conservatory reserves the right to rescind admission to any applicant who does not meet the appropriate state education department regulations as written.

Transfer Applicants

In order to be considered for admission, you must complete an audition and submit all required application materials. Applicants who have completed at least one full semester of college-level credits are considered transfer students and are required to submit the following:

  • Current and previous college transcripts
  • High-school transcripts, unless four full semesters of college have been completed at the time of application
  • Completed National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) transfer release form for music students attending a NASM-accredited institution

Course selection and length of study to earn the bachelor’s degree will be determined following the audition, transcript audit, proficiency examination results, and first-semester jury results.

Transfer admission to the Theater Division is not granted. All students enter as freshmen regardless of past college attendance.

Graduate Applicants

In order to be considered for admission, all graduate applicants are required to have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. It is recommended that the program of study represent at least four years of focused, intensive training similar to that at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Note: It is not required to have majored in music as an undergraduate to apply to a graduate music program. It is also not required to have majored in music, voice, or theater as an undergraduate to apply for the Master of Fine Arts in musical theater. We also accept students with Bachelor of Art, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.

Master of Music (M.M.)

The Master of Music is a two-year degree program and involves an academic component and an artistic component. Audition requirements for the M.M., Graduate Performance Diploma (G.P.D.), and Professional Studies Certificate (P.S.C.) are the same.

Graduate Performance Diploma (G.P.D.)

The Graduate Performance Diploma is a two-year program comprising artistic coursework and electives only. There is no academic component. Audition requirements for the M.M., G.P.D., and P.S.C. are the same.

Professional Studies Certificate (P.S.C.)

The Professional Studies Certificate is a one-year program for exceptionally talented performers possessing a Master of Music degree or a post-baccalaureate diploma. With a curriculum designed by the student or ensemble in consultation with their advisor, it is intended for individual students or chamber ensembles who wish to pursue study at an advanced level, and to assist them in preparing for major competitions, auditions, or career-entry positions. This program is open to brass, composition, harp, percussion, piano, string, woodwind, and voice students. Audition requirements for the M.M., G.P.D., and P.S.C. are the same.

Artist Diploma (A.D.)

The Artist Diploma is a highly selective, full-tuition, two-year program for professional-level performers by invitation only. Qualified applicants are expected to have established a professional career and have demonstrated success through concert programs, reviews, orchestral employment, and future engagements or projects. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree to be considered and provide a pre-screen in the form of a comprehensive press kit and recording by December 1. Based on the pre-screen, applicants may be invited to a live audition in Boston.

International Applicants

Visit the International Students section for important requirements, including minimum TOEFL scores and evaluated transcripts.

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