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Master’s Admissions FAQ

Admissions


Q: How do I apply to a master’s program?

You can apply to a master’s programs online. The first step is to register for a new account if you are a new user, or use your existing login information to create a new application.
Q: When can I apply?

Applications to master’s programs open in the fall and close in the spring. Check the exact application dates here. You can apply online.
Q: When is the application deadline?

There are two application deadlines: early action and regular action. Applicants who choose to apply early will be notified of admittance decisions before those who apply by the regular action deadline. To see specific deadlines and notification dates click here.
Q: Must I apply online?

All applicants must apply using the online application process. You can log in and start your application online. If you have never used the online application system before you will need to register as a new user.
Q: When do graduate programs begin?

Graduate programs begin each fall and last for three semesters (fall, spring and summer).
Q: Can I submit a late application?

We have fixed application deadlines. This means that the completed admissions application, along with all required supporting documents in English, must be postmarked on or before the deadline.
Q: Can I reapply after an unsuccessful admission?

If you are not initially admitted to a graduate program, you may reapply for the following year. All applicants who reapply are required to complete a new online application and submit all relevant supporting material.
Q: Can I apply to the graduate program if I don’t have a bachelor’s degree?

Applicants are expected to hold a bachelor’s degree in the related field of the master's program they are applying to. Applicants should demonstrate through their portfolio and during the interview that they possess the required skills to be accepted into the program.
Q: Do you have to be an undergraduate alumnus from Berklee to apply to the Berklee master’s programs in Valencia?

The our master’s programs in Valencia are open to all students who meet the requirements of each master’s program, regardless of whether they are an undergraduate alumni.
Q: How can I check my application status?

You can check the status of your application through your online account at apply.berklee.edu.
Q: If I am accepted to a master’s program but cannot attend, can I defer enrollment to the following academic year?

We do not defer enrollment. You are only accepted for the academic year you applied for. If you cannot attend for the year you are accepted and want to attend the following year, you must reapply and submit all required application materials.
Q: Can I visit the Valencia campus?

Yes! We encourage you to visit campus and take a tour. If it is impossible to visit, please check out our virtual online tour or our flickr account to get a feel for campus. Send an email to admissionsvalencia@berklee.edu if you are interesting in taking a campus tour.
Q: How do I request information about admission?

Please complete the request information form to learn more about Berklee in Valencia.

Auditions and Interviews

Q: What is the interview process like?

Based upon an initial assessment of the application, some students will be required to participate in formal interviews involving in-depth discussions of their suitability for the program, how they will contribute as active participants in the Berklee in Valencia community, and how the program will help them realize their career objectives. You will be contacted by admissions if you are selected for an interview.
Q: Do I need to audition for a master’s program?

Auditions are only required for applicants to the Master in Contemporary Performance. Auditions are not required for other master’s. However, applicants to all master’s programs must complete an interview. Someone from admissions will contact you to arrange the audition and/or interview if you are selected to continue in the selection process. Visit our Admissions page for further details.
Q: What do you look for in the audition?

During the audition, Contemporary Performance applicants will be assessed on their musicianship based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of strong musical and technical skills
  • Prepared piece should demonstrate significant understanding of musicality, expression, phrasing, appropriate articulation and displays excellent intonation and tonal quality
  • Sight-reading
  • Improvisation
  • Melodic and rhythmic play back
  • If the audition is performed with an ensemble, the student will display the ability to work effectively and musically in a group performance situation
  • Academics

    Q: Can I take courses from other master’s degrees?

    Because we offer highly specialized master’s programs focusing on specific areas of study, you may only take courses from within your master’s program, and may not take classes outside your area of study.
    Q: What kind of curriculum is offered?

    Curriculum guidelines and course descriptions for each graduate program can be found in the Master’s Degrees section of the website.
    Q: Where can I find out more information about programs?

    The admissions team offers information sessions, a mixture of online Q&As and face-to-face presentations. Information sessions provide an opportunity to meet the admissions team and get answers to specific questions you may have about our master’s programs and special programs. To find out more, please visit the Admission Events section of this website.
    Q: Do you offer the same academic programs as Berklee’s Boston campus?

    Berklee’s Valencia campus currently offers exclusive master’s programs not available in Boston. We also offer a semester-long Global Studies Program for undergraduate students from Berklee and Emerson, as well as Summer Programs available to musicians as young as 15.
    Q: Do all faculty members come from Boston?

    The faculty for the master’s programs in Valencia is a dynamic global team a with both current Boston faculty members and a diverse range of international professionals recruited worldwide.
    Q: Do you have undergraduate programs at the Valencia campus?

    Our Valencia campus currently offers an undergraduate semester abroad, the Global Studies program, available only for students studying at Berklee’s Boston campus or Emerson. Global Studies students come to the Valencia campus for one semester to focus on becoming leaders in the global music industry.
    Q: Is it possible to have a double major?

    Our master’s programs are specifically designed for the entire one-year experience, so double majors are not possible.
    Q: Am I required to play an instrument to study a master’s program?

    All master’s candidates are required to play an instrument, except applicants to the global entertainment and music business major.
    Q: Can I spread out the study over two years?

    The master’s programs are exclusively delivered over a single year. Part-time programs are currently not available.
    Q: What styles of music can I study during my master’s?

    Berklee embraces all styles of contemporary music. Through a course of practical and theoretical learning experiences, integrating performance and writing, our curriculum covers a variety of influential styles, current technologies, and career opportunities open to today’s music professional.
    Q: Can I study jazz at Berklee’s Valencia campus?

    Absolutely. Jazz, along with many other styles of music, will be offered not only as a part of our master’s programs but also as part of our growing list of special programs.

    Languages

    Q: Are classes in English or Spanish?

    All classes are conducted in English.
    Q: Is there an English language requirement?

    Graduate applicants who speak English as a second language must have either successfully completed their undergraduate studies at an English-speaking university or must submit approved English Test results.
    Q: Will there be a translator available for my interview?

    A translator will not provided for your interview. The interview will be conducted in English.
    Q: What are the English language requirements for summer programs?

    While applicants to summer programs are required to have a good understanding of English, no standardized test is required.

    General Information

    Q: Are the Valencia campus graduate programs accredited in the U.S.?

    Yes, Berklee in Valencia master’s programs are approved for accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
    Q: What is the social life like?

    Berklee’s Valencia campus is in the heart of the city’s nightlife, from the Umbracle nightclub to the Feria de Julio. The city’s newest fashionable shopping center, Aqua, is a 10-minute walk from the campus through the City of Arts and Sciences. Valencia also has five Blue Flag­–accredited city beaches. For more information, visit the Valencia Tourist Office.
    Q: What hotels are near the Valencia campus?

    The closest hotels to the campus are NH Las Artes I, NH Las Artes II, and Barceló Valencia.
    Q: Does Berklee’s Valencia campus offer on-campus housing?

    We do not offer on-campus housing. However, we have agreements with student residence halls that provide high-quality facilities and are walking distance from the campus. To learn more about housing options, visit the Housing section of this website.
    Q: Do I need a visa to study at Berklee in Valencia?

    Non-European Union citizens will be required to apply for a Spanish student visa before they travel to Spain. Please see our student visa information page.