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Graduate Admissions

Introduction

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 graduate program and class.

Our Graduate 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. All graduate programs on the Valencia campus begin in September and are completed in one year (fall, spring, and summer).

Each applicant is allowed to submit one graduate application per admissions cycle. Applicants not admitted to a graduate program may not reapply until the following year.

Graduate Admissions Process

Application and Fee

Submit your completed online graduate application with your supporting materials, and pay the $150 non-refundable application fee. Review the How to Apply section to see the steps needed to complete the application. The application fee is waived for Berklee alumni.

Audition and Interview

Once you have submitted your completed application and all supporting materials, the Graduate Board of Admissions will issue audition and interview invitations to selected applicants.

This experience is an integral part of the final selection process for our graduate 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.

Applicants to the Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) selected to move on to this stage are required to do both an audition and interview. Click to learn more about the audition and the interview process.

All other master's degree applicants selected to move on to this stage are required to do only an interview. Auditions are not required for the Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business; the Master of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games; or the Master of Music in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation. Click to learn more about the interview process.

Final Decision

Once the selected applicants have fulfilled all the requirements, the Graduate Board of Admissions will evaluate applicants based on the completed application, supporting materials, and the audition and/or interview. You will be notified by email of your admissions status by the notification deadline.

Entrance Requirements

Each master's degree has specific entrance requirements for the 2017/2018 academic year. Open each section below to discover the requirements for your program.

Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration)

Entrance Requirements

Applicants should possess a bachelor's degree in music. Bachelor's degrees in other disciplines will be considered, provided the student demonstrates a high degree of musicianship. Applicants should demonstrate strong working knowledge of harmony, leadership qualities, sequencing skills, ensemble experience, motivation, intellectual curiosity, and the promise of great achievement in their area of study.

Who We Are Looking For

We are looking for highly skilled and creative instrumentalists and vocalists from all styles of contemporary music who wish to develop their performance career further while also immersing themselves in the recorded production process and experience.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Enter the program with a very advanced level of instrumental or vocal technique and musical skill;
  • Desire to expand their experience through further exploration of familiar and new styles including fusions of genres;
  • Be deeply motivated to learn and apply strategies for recorded music production (including the preproduction, recording, and mixing processes) to their craft, with a focus on artistic identity and intent; and
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in learning and applying new performance technology, electroacoustic instruments, and video into their live and recorded performances.

Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business

Entrance Requirements

Global entertainment and music business applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate leadership, motivation, intellectual curiosity, and promise of great achievement in their area of study.

Who We Are Looking For

We seek focused, motivated, creative candidates with excellent academic and professional backgrounds who can contribute skills that will benefit the program.

Ideal candidates want to:

  • Explore advanced concepts and models in the global music industry;
  • Apply managerial and/or entrepreneurial skills to existing entertainment and music business environments;
  • Lead and influence the direction of the profession as visionaries, executives, and entrepreneurs; and
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the elements of a successful enterprise.

Ideal candidates should demonstrate:

  • Professional goals of working at an executive/managerial level in a company or creating a business/organization;
  • Prior academic success;
  • Prior knowledge in business;
  • Good understanding of the current situation of the entertainment industry and technology; and
  • Leadership in professional and/or academic environments.

Master of Music in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation

Entrance Requirements

Music production, technology, and innovation applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree in music while demonstrating technological proficiency, musical excellence in performance and/or composition, leadership, motivation, intellectual curiosity, and promise of great achievement in their area of study. Bachelor's degrees in other disciplines will be considered, provided the student demonstrates a high degree of musicianship.

Who We Are Looking For

We seek open-minded, ambitious musicians who want to leverage technology in pursuit of their artistic vision and career goals.

Ideal candidates want to:

  • Gain cutting-edge skills in music technology;
  • Apply new inspiration and possibilities to their artistic endeavors;
  • Implement the principles of innovation to their craft and careers;
  • Focus on developing and implementing new and emerging music technologies; and
  • Shape the future of music.

Ideal candidates should demonstrate:

  • Excellent musicianship;
  • Facility with technology;
  • Success in both artistic and academic settings;
  • A strong work ethic, including prior accomplishment; and
  • The motivation to make massive progress in one year.

Master of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games

Entrance Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree in music composition, electronic music production, or film scoring. Outstanding musicians with bachelor's degrees in performance or other disciplines, who have a strong background in songwriting or composition, will also be considered.

Who We Are Looking For

We seek focused, motivated, innovative, and, above all, passionately creative candidates with excellent academic and/or professional backgrounds. Additional study and/or work experience in the following areas will be helpful but is not required: interactive scoring techniques, conducting to picture, basic music editing skills, and project collaboration. Prospective students do not need to have extensive direct experience working with live orchestras.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Demonstrate a strong compositional foundation from their studies and/or professional experience;
  • Possess the ability to notate one’s ideas competently, follow an orchestral score, and conceive material in an orchestral context; and
  • Exhibit passion for musical storytelling and a demonstrated aptitude for visual music.

How to Apply

The Graduate Board of Admissions will only evaluate complete applications. Review the information below and download the application checklist to ensure you have submitted all requirements.

Submit Online Application

Submit your completed online graduate application and supporting materials accompanied with a $150 non-refundable application fee. If you are a Berklee alumnus contact your admissions office to waive the fee.

Submit Required Supporting Materials

After we receive the application fee, you will receive an email with a unique link to upload your supporting materials to a cloud file service called Box.

We encourage you to log in to your application portal frequently to check the status of materials we have received. Please allow at least three business days to process materials.

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).
Résumé/curriculum vitae

Include your personal details, educational, and work experience in English.
One letter of recommendation

Your recommendation should come from someone you have worked or collaborated with who can convey your musical strengths and skills. The letter must be written in or translated to English.

Official Transcripts

We need the official transcripts from your undergraduate bachelor’s degree. Do not submit transcripts for additional degrees or high school. Applicants need to successfully complete their bachelor’s degree in order to start the master's degree program and must submit official transcripts before the start of the program.

You must also submit a scanned copy of your corresponding bachelor’s diploma in PDF format.

For applicants who attended university in the U.S. or Canada:

  • If you are in the final year of your bachelor's degree, you must upload your unofficial transcripts for initial review. You will need to submit your official transcripts when you graduate.
  • Send your official transcripts to this address:
    Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - Anexo Sur
    Avenida Profesor Lopez Piñero, 1
    46013 Valencia, Spain

For applicants who attended university outside the U.S. or Canada:

English exam

Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit the results of one of the following standardized tests taken within two years of starting the graduate program. If you completed your undergraduate studies at an English-speaking university this requirement may be waived. Click to see PDF on specific English requirements.

Contemporary Performance Graduate Program Applicants

All Other Graduate Program Applicants

To send exam scores, you may be asked for a code that represents Berklee College of Music. The institution code for Berklee is 3107.

Bachelor's degree diploma

In addition to your official transcripts, applicants must scan and upload a copy of their bachelor’s diploma.

Submit Program Specific Supporting Materials

Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games

Submit three video files of original compositions that you have written for picture. Also submit the corresponding scores. Each file should not exceed two minutes. If you have not had the opportunity to score a film or video project, you may extract clips from existing films and television shows via a number of available applications, import them to your music sequencing program, and create original compositions for the purposes of this application.
Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration)

Contemporary performance applicants must submit a portfolio with the following content. The portfolio should be organized in one or two document(s) with all the links and sections clearly labeled, PDF format preferred.

  1. Provide links to three recent performances that demonstrate and showcase the diversity of your playing, motivation to experiment, and musicianship. These can include solo performances or performances with a small ensemble or band where you are clearly featured. At least one link should be a video. Write a short description of your role in each performance.
  2. Describe one to three potential projects that interest you as possible ideas for your culminating experience (thesis) project. These could be a musical performance idea, a recording project, artistic research or other initiative that you would like to pursue while at Berklee. Each description should be one paragraph long, as specific as possible, and include how each project will foster your academic, artistic, musical, and professional growth.

Optional: In addition to the above requirements, the following materials may also be submitted for consideration:

  • A link to your personal website or Facebook artist page that conveys a sense of your artistry.
  • One-page artist biography, not in first person. Note that this is different from the Statement of Purpose and Resume.

Global Entertainment and Music Business

Applicants must answer the following questions, either by providing a link to a short video no more than three minutes long, or in a written document of approximately 500-750 words.

  1. Provide a brief analysis of the current state of the music and entertainment industry and identify professional opportunities that interest you.
  2. Describe one to three potential projects that interest you as possible ideas for your culminating experience (thesis) project. These could be research projects, entrepreneurial projects, or other initiatives that you would like to pursue while at Berklee. Each description should be as specific as possible, and include how each project will foster your academic, artistic, and professional growth.

Music Production, Technology, and Innovation

  1. Describe one to three projects you would like to execute as your culminating experience (thesis) project. These projects are an opportunity to explore something that doesn't exist or hasn't been done before. They could be original music incorporating video or innovative technology, a hyper-instrument or controller you would like to invent, a personal live-performance system, the development of your artistic voice, an App or virtual musical environment you would like to design, or something not described here. Each description should be one paragraph long, as specific as possible, and include how each project will foster your academic, artistic, musical, and professional growth.
  2. 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.

Download Application Checklist

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Valencia Admissions Office at admissionsvalencia@berklee.edu.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for admission by our Graduate Board of Admissions, we must receive your completed application and all supporting documents by 11:59p.m. (eastern standard time) on the deadline.

The only difference between early and regular action is that early action applicants will be notified of their admissions decision several months before regular action applicants, giving them priority to reserve their place in the program and additional time to plan for the upcoming year. If you have any questions about early or regular action, contact admissionsvalencia@berklee.edu.

Early Action

  • Application deadline: November 1, 2016
  • Admissions decisions issued by December 15, 2016

Regular Action

  • Application deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Admissions decisions issued by March 31, 2017

Please note early action decisions are not offered for the contemporary performance (global jazz concentration) program, held on the Boston campus.

Interviews

Required for All Graduate Applicants

The interview experience is an integral part of the selection process for our master’s degree 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 entry into all of our graduate programs; applicants to the contemporary performance (production concentration) program must also complete an audition, whereas applicants to other programs need not audition.

Interview Dates and Locations

Once your application is complete and submitted, the Graduate Board of Admissions will review your application and contact you if you are selected to continue on in the admissions process. Interviews take place at our Boston and Valencia campuses or online. If you are an applicant to the contemporary performance (production concentration) program, your interview will be scheduled during your audition.

Interview Question Areas

The interviewer will use the information provided on your application as the foundation for this discussion. Depending on the graduate program you are applying to, you may be asked technical or field-based questions during the interview. Come prepared to highlight your strengths and share your creative aspirations. There are four primary areas of discussion in the interview:

There are four primary areas of discussion in the interview:

1. Preparation to begin study at Berklee.
In addition to each candidate's musical preparation to meet the rigors of our curriculum, consideration will be given to your understanding of Berklee's history and mission and your affiliation with Berklee's open and inclusive approach to music, including the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music-making, and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity.

2. Professional/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 career goals beyond a master’s degree?

3. Why Berklee?
In researching your options for pursuing an education in music, what aspects of the Berklee model are most appealing to you? What are your motivations behind applying to Berklee for a master’s degree?

4. What will you bring?
In selecting our entering class, the board of admissions must identify how each admitted student will contribute to the quality of our community. How will you contribute to the Berklee network and improve the quality of the Berklee experience for all?

Auditions

Special note about auditions

Auditions are required for contemporary performance applicants only. All other master's degree applicants selected to move on to this stage are required to do an interview only.

Applicants to the Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) selected to move on to this stage are required to do both an audition and interview. The audition is an integral part of the graduate admissions process for contemporary performance (production concentration) applicants and is designed to help you show your strengths while helping us assess your talent and potential to succeed at Berklee.

Audition Process

Once you have submitted your completed application and all supporting materials, the Graduate Board of Admissions will issue an audition and interview invitation to selected applicants. Auditions are held on specific dates at our Valencia and Boston campuses, and online. Your interview will be scheduled at the same time as your audition. To see information about the interview click here.

Please plan to arrive at the audition and interview site no later than 30 minutes before your appointment in order to warm-up and prepare. If your audition is online, make sure to double check your internet connectivity and any technology you are using. Give yourself plenty of time to accommodate any travel delays or technology issues.

The audition staff will be looking primarily at quality of sound, interpretation/style, intonation, stage presence, rhythm, musicality, preparation, and quality of improvisation. The audition staff may ask you to demonstrate other musical or technical abilities depending on your unique strengths. The audition will be approximately 20-30 minutes long and may consist of the four parts outlined below.

Part one: Prepared Piece

Your prepared piece should demonstrate significant understanding of musicality, expression, phrasing, appropriate articulation, excellent intonation and tonal quality, clarity of articulation or enunciation of notes (and lyrics for vocalists), and should be performed in a manner that is appropriate for the style of the piece.

Berklee embraces and values all music styles, so you should prepare a piece that you are comfortable with and that displays your strengths as a musician. It should be approximately three to five minutes in length and should be in any style that demonstrates your instrumental proficiency and your overall musicianship. Here are some guidelines that may help when selecting your prepared piece:

  • You might choose a tune from a well-known artist or band (in any style).
  • You might choose a jazz or blues standard tune (which may include rhythm changes) to which you have the option of adding your own improvisation.
  • You might choose a composition from the instrumental/voice repertoire or a movement, sonata, concerto, or etude.
  • You might choose a transcription of a well-known artist's solo.

If composing or songwriting is your primary focus, you may choose to play an original piece that showcases your individual style. However, the original piece should be no longer than three minutes, and you should also prepare a second piece drawing on the guidelines above.

If you require accompaniment for your prepared piece, you may bring an accompanist, a play-a-long CD, or a digital music player. It is not recommended to use the original tracks of artists or bands as play-a-longs.

Part two: Sight Reading

While sight-reading, you should display strong accuracy of rhythm, pitch, and tone in order to achieve an interpretation that conveys musical substance with phrasing and expression appropriate to the style of the example provided.
Part three: Improvisation

We would like to hear you improvise over a short progression to gauge where you are in your development. Your prepared piece may also include improvisation, but it is not required.
Part four: Melodic and Rhythmic Play Back

You will be asked to participate in call-and-response exercises. The audition team will play short rhythms and melodies. For melodic playback, if you are an instrumentalist, you will be expected to sing it back and play it on your instrument, and if you are a vocalist, you will sing back melodies in diatonic and non-diatonic formats (chromatic lines in one- or two-bar phrases, in various styles). For rhythmic playback, tracks and rhythms will be supplied and you will be expected to reproduce syncopated examples in genres such as swing, funk, Afro 6/8, or samba.

We recognize it is common for applicants to have imbalances in their playing abilities, and we realize that applicants may not have advanced skills in improvisation, reading, or ear training. We take a holistic approach in our evaluation process; each component of the audition helps the audition team assess your overall abilities as a musician and your potential for success at the graduate program level.

Audition Location Options

There are two ways to audition and interview: on-site or online.

On Site Audition

If you are auditioning on campus or on site around the world, audition rooms are typically equipped with a piano, drum set, guitar and bass amplifiers, a PA system, a CD player, and music stands. Vocalists may choose to bring a microphone and cable but it is not necessary. A standard drum set with cymbals for drum set players is provided. Double-bass pedals are not provided.

If you require accompaniment for your prepared piece, you may bring an accompanist, a play-along CD, or an iPod. Berklee does not provide an accompanist to applicants.

You must bring your instrument to the audition if you play acoustic or electric bass, brass, guitar, hand percussion, a string instrument (including the harp, mandolin, and banjo), or woodwinds.

Bass players, guitarists, and string players (including mandolin and banjo players) are reminded to bring a tuner, instrument cable(s), and any effects needed for their prepared piece.

Drummers should bring their sticks as well as a practice pad to use in the warm-up room, as many warm-up rooms will not have a drum set.

Due to rental limitations, orchestral percussion principals are required to audition and interview in Boston or Valencia.

Online Audition

If you are auditioning online, you must have:

  • completed and submitted the application and paid the $150 application fee;
  • access to a private room where you can participate without interruption;
  • access to a computer with internet connection and audio/video capability that meets the system requirements*;
  • access to a set of headphones for use during the online audition and interview;
  • access to all instruments and accompaniment you need to participate.

*See the specific system requirements for online auditions and take the Adobe Connect connection test to make sure you will be able to connect with us for your audition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Admissions

Q: How do I apply to a graduate program?

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

Applications generally open in the fall and close in the spring for the following academic year. Check the exact application deadlines here. You can sign up to receive an email when the application opens, as well as other program information.

Q: When is the application deadline?

There are two application deadlines: early action and regular action. Applicants who choose to apply by the early action deadline will be notified of their admittance decision several months before those who apply by the regular action deadline. This is the only difference between early and regular action. Check the exact application deadlines 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. You will also need to upload supporting materials online to a cloud file sharing service called Box.

Q: Do you offer scholarships?

We offer a limited number of merit- and need-based scholarships to students accepted to graduate programs on the Valencia campus. Applicants need to apply for a scholarship once the online application is complete. Find more information about scholarships here.

Q: Can I apply to two programs in the same year?

Applicants must choose one master’s degree program on the application. Admissions will only review one master’s application per person, per year.

Our graduate programs are specifically designed for the entire one-year experience, so you will be enrolled full time in the program to which you are accepted. If you want to acquire two master’s degrees, you will need to apply separately in a different academic year.

If you are having trouble deciding which program you want to apply to, we recommend you review the program content on our website and make sure you select the program that aligns with your academic and professional goals. You can also write to admissionsvalencia@berklee.edu so we can assess your unique situation and help you make a decision.

Q: How much is tuition?

Tuition costs vary from year to year. The master’s degree programs on the Valencia campus finish in one year. Tuition is divided into three equal parts and students receive a bill for the program via their Berklee.edu address three times per year. Please refer to the tuition page for information about costs for the current academic year.

Q: When do graduate programs begin?

Graduate programs begin in late August or early September each year and last for three semesters (fall, spring, and summer). See the academic calendar.

Q: Can I start the program in the spring?

Our graduate programs have a new student intake every fall. We do not offer a spring intake into these programs.

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, must be received on or before the deadline. Check the application deadlines here.

Q: Can I reapply after an unsuccessful admission?

If you are not initially admitted to a graduate program, you may not re-apply until the following year. All applicants who re-apply are required to complete a new online application, pay the application fee, 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 graduate 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: I have an undergraduate degree from Berklee. Is there a special process to apply to the graduate program?

The process is the same as for any other applicant. However, Berklee alumni can write to admissionsvalencia@berklee.edu and ask for a waiver for the $150 application fee.

Q: How can I check my application status?

You can check the status of your application and supporting materials through your online portal at apply.berklee.edu to see if we have received your materials. You will receive a decision by the notification deadline.

Q: If I am accepted to a master’s degree 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 when you applied. 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, 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 interested in taking a campus tour.

Q: How can I get more information about the program?

Complete the request information form to learn more about our graduate programs. We will send you program information, as well as important admissions reminders.

The admissions team offers online information sessions to give you an opportunity to meet the admissions team and get answers to specific questions you may have about our master’s degree programs and special programs. To see if there are any information sessions scheduled, visit Admissions Events.

You can also send us an email at admissionsvalencia@berklee.edu and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Auditions and Interviews

Q: Do I need to interview for a graduate program?

Based upon an initial assessment of the application, interviews are invite-only for applicants in this stage of the admissions process. The interview involves an in-depth discussion of your suitability for the program, how you will contribute as an active participant in the Berklee community, and how the program will help you realize their career objectives.

Selected applicants to the Master of Arts in global entertainment and music business, Master of Music in scoring for film, television, and video games, Master of Music in contemporary performance (production concentration), or Master of Music in music production, technology, and innovation are required to complete an interview as part of the admissions process. You will be contacted by admissions if you are selected for an interview. Read more about the interview process.

Q: Do I need to audition for a graduate program?

Auditions are only required for applicants to the Master of Music in contemporary performance. Auditions are not required for the Master of Arts in global entertainment and music business, Master of Music in scoring for film, television, and video games, or Master of Music in music production, technology, and innovation. Applicants to all graduate 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. Read more about the audition process.

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, and appropriate articulation, and display excellent intonation and tonal quality
  • Sight-reading
  • Improvisation
  • Melodic and rhythmic play back

Read more about the audition process.

Academics

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

Because we offer highly specialized graduate programs focusing on specific areas of study, you may only take courses from within your master’s degree program, and may not take classes outside your area of study. However, depending on your program, you may be allowed to take an elective outside your area. Check the pages below for a list of required courses and possible electives. Keep in mind courses and electives are subject to change each year.

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Q: What’s the difference between Berklee’s campus in Boston and the campus in Valencia?

From an academic point of view regarding the quality of the programs, faculty, career services, staff, and faculty, there is no difference. You will find the same high-caliber quality that you expect from Berklee whether you are on our Boston or Valencia campus.

From a facilities point of view, Valencia is much smaller than Boston, with the whole campus contained in one long building within the City of Arts and Sciences complex. Given the size, Valencia has a much smaller student body than the Boston campus. The facilities and recording spaces in Valencia are comparable to the scoring stage and studios found inside the Boston campus’s newest building at 160 Massachusetts Avenue.

Q: Where do the faculty members come from?

Some faculty come from our Boston campus, while most faculty for the graduate programs in Valencia is a dynamic team with a diverse range of international professionals recruited worldwide. See faculty.

Q: Do you have undergraduate programs at the Valencia campus?

Our Valencia campus currently offers an undergraduate study abroad program, available only to students from Berklee’s Boston campus or a select number of partner schools. Study abroad students come to the Valencia campus for one semester to focus on becoming leaders in the global music industry.

Undergraduates accepted to Berklee may also opt to complete their first year abroad on the Valencia campus for an international experience.

Q: Am I required to play an instrument to get a master’s degree?

All master’s degree candidates are required to play an instrument, except applicants to the global entertainment and music business program.

Q: Can I do the program part-time?

The graduate programs are designed to be completed in one intensive year of full-time classes. Part-time programs are currently not available.

Q: Do I have to buy a laptop?

It depends. Each graduate program has specific minimum laptop requirements and all students must own a laptop that meets the requirements. If you have a laptop that meets or exceeds the requirements, you do not need to buy a new laptop. Enrolled students will receive the new requirements the summer prior to orientation. Learn more about technology requirements.

Q: Do I have to buy software?

Each program has specific software requirements. There is a required software bundle that is mandatory and included in your first tuition bill. Even if you already own some of the software, you will still be billed for the full bundle, which Berklee arranges for you at very low costs. Enrolled students will receive the updated software information the summer prior to orientation. You will receive the software bundle at orientation.

Depending on your program, there may be optional software that we recommend. Learn more about technology requirements.

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 results from an approved English test.

Refer to the English Exam information for minimum test scores accepted in each program.

Q: What if my English exam doesn’t meet the minimum score?

If your English exam doesn’t meet the minimum score requirement, we still encourage you to submit it with the rest of your supporting materials. The Office of Graduate Admissions will review all your documents and inform you if you need to retake the exam and resubmit updated exam results.

Q: Will there be a translator available for my interview?

A translator will not be provided for your interview. The interview will be conducted in English.

General Information

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

Graduate programs at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain, are accredited by official authorities in both the United States and in Europe. This means your graduate degree is valid in the U.S. and in the E.U. Learn more about accreditation.

Q: Do I need a visa to study in Spain?

Non-European Union citizens are required to apply for a Spanish student visa before they travel to Spain to start their master’s degree. Learn more about student visas.

Q: What is the age range of students attending Berklee Valencia?

Applicants to the graduate program must already have completed their bachelor’s degree, as well as meet other admissions requirements. The graduate program is very diverse by age, range, and gender. The average age of students attending our programs range between 22 and 35.

Q: Do I need health insurance?

Yes. Berklee provides mandatory health insurance to all enrolled students. The health insurance that Berklee provides is a part of the comprehensive fee, and cannot be waived.

In order to obtain a student visa, you are required to have health insurance. We include a letter from the health insurance company in all acceptance packages for you to present at your visa appointment as part of the visa process. Learn more about health insurance.

Q: Are there opportunities to work on campus?

Yes. There are graduate assistantships available for all enrolled students to apply. There are opportunities in departments like admissions, marketing, communications, the International Career Center, and production. Applications are available in the summer for all students entering in the fall. Select students will be asked to interview for the position, and informed late summer if they are chosen to be a graduate assistant. All graduate assistant positions are remunerated and consist of 10 to 15 hours per week. Learn more about graduate assistantships.

Q: Can I work if I am not a resident in Spain?

Your student visa permits you to work part time in a job that does not conflict with your class schedule. It also permits you to work full time for up to three months under the same conditions. However, the business that hires you must solicit permission from the government and many employers are reluctant to take this administrative step. Therefore, few foreign students receive legitimate job offers during their studies. Learn more about visas and residency in the visa FAQ section.

Living in Valencia

Q: What is the social life like?

Despite being Spain’s third-largest city, Valencia maintains its small-town charm. There are several popular up-and-coming neighborhoods offering world-class restaurants, cafes, and discos. For late nights out on the town, the ancient El Carmen in the city center is popular. For dinner on an outdoor terrace, Ruzafa is a good bet. Nearby Canovas is also a great neighborhood to find good food. For ideas on where to start, check out the the New York Times’ “36 Hours in Valencia, Spain,” or an older article in the same 36-hour series from Valencia in 2011, still very relevant.

Valencia is well-known for its musical richness, and has no shortage of venues to support live music indoors and out. Some local favorites have quickly become student favorites, such as Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar, Loco Club, Upper Club, and Ubik Cafe. Check out this British Airways Highlife magazine article by a Berklee alumna or the New York Times’ article “The Newest Sounds of Valencia,” highlighting Berklee’s presence in Valencia.

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?

Berklee’s Valencia campus is a non-resident campus; as such we do not offer housing. However, we have agreements with student residence halls that provide high-quality facilities and are walking distance from the campus. Many graduate students choose to rent an apartment, either shared or individual, for their year in Valencia. Learn more about housing.

Q: Where should I live in Valencia?

As the third biggest city in Spain there are plenty of very cool, interesting, and lively neighborhoods to live in around the city of Valencia. Check our our housing FAQ for more information.

Q: Do I need to know Spanish to live in Valencia?

While you can get around the city without knowing Spanish, understanding at least the basics of the language is very helpful.

Careers

Q: Are there internships available after graduation?

Internships for graduate students are optional and take place during an additional fourth semester in the fall after graduation. Students are responsible for securing their own internships. Learn more about internships at the International Career Center.

Q: What career services are offered?

The International Career Center offers career advising, career seminars and workshops, career resources like the Berklee Career Manager, and performance opportunities. Learn more about these services on the International Career Center.

Q: Can I work in the U.S. after graduation if I am not from the U.S.?

If you obtain an internship in the U.S. after graduation, you have the option to enroll in the Berklee Internships course. Taking this course means that Berklee will sponsor your student visa for three months (September-December). Visit the International Career Center page for more information.

Q: Where do alumni work?

Berklee graduate alumni are working in more than 25 different countries on five continents. See the map of where students work.

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Contact Graduate Admissions in Valencia

For all graduate programs located on the Valencia campus, this is the contact information:

  • Ana Calvillo
    Admissions and Scholarships Manager
  • Mina Chulkova
    Admissions Coordinator
  • Telephone: +34 963 332 802 (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. CET)
  • Email: admissionsvalencia@berklee.edu

Mailing Address
Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía – Anexo Sur
Avenida Profesor López Piñero, 1
46013 Valencia (Spain)