Berklee College of Music seeks focused, motivated, innovative, and above all, passionately creative students with excellent academic and professional backgrounds who can contribute skills that will benefit their master’s program and class.
Our board of admissions thoroughly reviews each application, considering every aspect of an applicant’s strengths. Our audition and interview process, along with our holistic evaluation of each applicant, provides us with a wealth of information to assess each applicant’s ability to succeed at Berklee. It is recommended that applicants begin the admissions process as early as possible to ensure enrollment into the desired academic year.
Three Step Application Process:
1. Application and fee
Submit your completed online master’s application and supporting materials accompanied with a $150 non-refundable application fee. Click here for a PDF checklist of all materials needed to complete the application.
2. Audition and interview
This experience is an integral part of the selection process for our master’s programs. It is designed to show your strengths and helps us assess your aptitude and ability to succeed in Berklee’s highly charged and dynamic environment. An interview is required for all our master’s programs, whereas both an audition and interview are required for our contemporary performance master’s program.
Once your application is complete and submitted, the Graduate Admissions Committee will review your application and contact you if you are selected to continue in the admissions selection process with an interview and/or audition.
Applicants applying to a master’s program that requires only an interview and who cannot travel to either our Valencia or Boston campus, may conduct their interview via telephone or Skype. Auditions are held on an ongoing basis at our Valencia and Boston campuses, as well as in different cities around the world. You will find a listing of our audition and interview sites and dates on the Auditions and interview page.
3. Final admission and decision
Once the audition and/or interview requirements are fulfilled, the Graduate Admissions Committee will evaluate and screen applicants based on the completed application, supporting materials, and the audition and/or interview. You will be notified by email of your admissions status.
Application Deadlines 2014-2015
All master’s programs in Valencia begin in September.
Application deadline: December 1, 2013
Audition*/Interview **Deadline: February 1, 2014
Admissions decisions issued: March 1, 2014
Application deadline: March 31, 2014
Audition*/Interview** Deadline: May 1, 2014
Admissions decisions issued: June 1, 2014
*Auditions only apply to contemporary performance master’s applicants.
**You will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.
The Graduate Admissions Committee will only evaluate complete applications. Please review the admissions checklist to ensure you have completed and submitted all required materials.
Graduate Admissions Checklist: Click here for a PDF checklist of the steps and materials needed to complete your master’s application.
Graduate Admissions Checklist
- Submit your completed online master’s application and supporting materials accompanied with a $150 non-refundable application fee. If you want to be considered for a scholarship or financial aid, complete the Graduate Aid Application from within the online application portal and submit before deadline.
Application fee of $150 (non-refundable)
- Before submitting the application, you will be asked to pay the application fee by credit or debit card. If you are Berklee undergraduate program alumni, do not pay the application fee. This will be waived for you once we receive your application.
Required Supporting Materials
Please consolidate all supporting materials in one email (in PDF format when possible), with the subject line “Last Name, First Name: Supporting Materials” and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement of purpose
- This is your chance to tell us all about you, your musical journey, and why you would like to pursue a master’s degree program at Berklee College of Music (must be in English between 400-500 words).
- Include your personal details, educational, and work experience in English. For tips on how to write your résumé, click here.
One letter of recommendation
- Recommendation should come from someone you have worked or collaborated with who can convey your musical strengths and skills. Must be written in or translated to English.
- We only want transcripts from your undergraduate bachelor’s degree. Please do not submit transcripts for additional degrees or high school.
- If you are in the final year of your bachelor’s degree you may send us unofficial transcripts. Applicants need to successfully complete their degree in order to start the master’s program and will be asked to submit a copy of their bachelor’s diploma before the start of the program.
- For applicants who attended university in the U.S. or Canada:
- Please submit a copy of your official undergraduate transcripts and a scanned copy of your corresponding bachelor’s diploma via email at email@example.com. If email is not possible, you may mail them to the following address:
Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
Office of Admissions
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía – Anexo Sur
Avenida Autopista del Saler, 1
46013 Valencia (Spain)
- For applicants who attended university outside the U.S. or Canada:
- Transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. or Canada must be evaluated by an approved third-party credential evaluation service, such as the Education Evaluators International or Education Credential Evaluators. Please ask for a course-by-course evaluation and ask to send grades to the postal address above.
- Send a scanned copy of your undergraduate diploma via email.
Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit the results of one of the following standardized tests. If you completed your undergraduate studies at an English-speaking university this requirement may be waived. Click to see PDF on specific English requirements.
Program Specific Supporting Materials
Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games
- Please submit three audio and/or video files (MP3 or Quick Time) of original compositions and corresponding scores (cues) that you have written expressly for picture or created with a visual idea in mind. The average length should not exceed one and a half to two minutes. If you have not had the opportunity to score a film or video project, the following option is acceptable:
- Extract clips from existing film and television projects via a number of available applications and import them to your music sequencing program for the purpose of your application portfolio only. Please remember copyright-protected works may not be publicly exhibited, but for the purpose of evaluating your application it is acceptable.
- Please submit a link to a website where we can see the breadth and depth of your performance/ensemble skills. Examples may include youtube, myspace, or personal website portfolio, etc.
Global Entertainment and Music Business
- The GRE or GMAT exams are not required for admission but are highly recommended. If you choose to submit official GRE or GMAT exam results, please do so prior to the published application deadline. PDF copies are accepted as part of the application process, although official copies will be required prior to enrollment.
Music Technology Innovation
- Please submit a proposal between 500-1000 words outlining a major project that you would like to complete for your culminating experience (thesis). This could be an original piece of music incorporating innovative technology, a hyper-instrument you would like to invent, an App you would like to design, or some other project. This description should be as specific as possible, with the recognition that your project will evolve as the academic year progresses. Also describe how you think the project will foster your academic, artistic, musical, and professional growth.
- Additionally, a portfolio with one to three recorded examples of recent work should be submitted in the highest quality audio possible, along with a detailed explanation of your specific role in the work. If written scores or other documentation are available, please submit these as well.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Valencia Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.