English Proficiency Requirements

At Boston Conservatory at Berklee, we believe that students must have adequate proficiency in English to fully benefit from the rigorous curriculum we offer. For this reason, we require non-native speakers of English to submit recent TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum scores required for admission are listed below. If you have attended an English-speaking secondary institution for at least two years, you may submit the SAT or ACT in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS exam. All test scores must be received by the Admissions Office by January 15. The Conservatory's score code for the TOEFL exam is 3084. Information about the TOEFL and IELTS exams is available at www.toefl.org and www.ielts.org.

Please review the Boston Conservatory at Berklee ESL Policy.

TOEFL and IELTS Scores Required for Admissions Consideration


Graduate Performance Diploma

Professional Studies Certificate

61 500 5.0*

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Fine Arts

73 530 6.0*

Master of Music in Performance or Composition

Master of Fine Arts

Artist Diploma in Performance

79 550 6.5*
Master of Music in Music Education 91 580 7.0*

*IELTS scores listed are guidelines based on overall band scores. Individual break-out scores in the four areas (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) will be evaluated to determine eligibility for admissions to a particular program of study.

If your test score does not meet the minimum score for your intended program, you may be invited to attend our Music and English Intensive Program.