Tuition and Related Costs for Graduate Programs

All graduate programs on the Valencia campus are designed to be completed in three semesters of study—or one full academic year: fall, spring, and summer semesters. The fees below represent the direct costs charged by the college for the graduate programs starting in September 2023.

2023/2024 Academic Year

The academic year includes fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Application fee 
Waived for Berklee alumni
$150
Nonrefundable tuition deposit 
To be credited towards first tuition payment
$2,500
Tuition$47,190

Comprehensive fee

Charged in entering the fall semester to all students for the cost of noncurricular facilities, programs, and services.

$1,435
Student Health Insurance Plan 
Students must accept enrollment in Berklee's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or submit a waiver request indicating comparable coverage.
See cost for Berklee's SHIP
Professional Recording Services fee 
Master of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games only
$1,912
Zero-credit courses 
This applies to the GS-585 course "Special topics", to MTI-501 "Pro Tools Proficiency Course", and MTI-502 "Analog Audio Engineering Proficiency Course".
$1,200
Required Software Bundle 
Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games 
Contemporary performance (Production Concentration) 
Music Production, Technology, and Innovation 
Global Entertainment and Music Business

 

$850
$700 
$700
$150

Indirect Costs (Estimated)

Laptop 
May be waived
$3,000
Housing$10,000-$12,000
Books$300-$800
Local Transportation$300-$600
Personal Expenses$1,000

 

Fee Details

Comprehensive Fee

The comprehensive fee is mandatory for all students to cover services and facilities that augment the students' academic experience and includes, but is not limited to, students' required registration into the Spanish educational system, students' compulsory health insurance, and a variety of other services and facilities to which students have access.

Professional Recording Services Fee

In addition to tuition fees, this mandatory fee is billed to all scoring for film, television, and video games graduate students. The fee contributes to a fraction of the extraordinary studio and recording expenses unique to the scoring program. This includes: on-campus recording sessions with professional session musicians; remote recording sessions with professional orchestras; and an off-site recording session at a world-class studio.

Required Software Bundle

Required Software Bundles are purchased directly from Berklee College of Music and reflect the versions installed on the campus systems. Berklee has negotiated extremely reduced student pricing for these items. Students will receive the software bundle during the orientation week. Students cannot opt out of, or receive any exemption for, purchasing their program's software bundle. The software fee is included in the first tuition bill. Students are responsible for owning a laptop that meets the requirements. Learn more about technology requirements.

Late Fee

A $250 late payment fee will be applied to your account if full payment is not received by the due date indicated. Please keep in mind certain payment methods take longer to process than others and arrange accordingly.

Per-credit tuition Fee

Per-credit tuition fee: $1,515

Late Check-In Fee

A $250 late check-in fee is applied if you do not check-in by 12 noon the first day of class each term.

Financial Holds

Students are required to pay tuition and fees by the payment due date for each semester. If a student adds additional courses during the add/drop period, he or she must pay the additional fee(s) at the time of enrollment. If payment is not received, the college will make every internal effort to collect these funds. Restrictions will be placed on any account with an outstanding balance prohibiting access to grades, transcripts, degrees, diplomas, and participation in any future term at the college. The restriction will remain until the account is paid in full.

Tuition Insurance

What happens when your student’s education is disrupted by an unexpected injury or illness? Depending on the timing of their withdrawal from school, you may not be eligible to receive a refund of all of your tuition and fees.

The GradGuard Tuition Insurance plan helps students and their families overcome the financial losses that may result from events that force students to withdraw from the semester due to a covered medical reason. Helping families get the most out of your Berklee College of Music experience is always our top priority. That’s why we’ve partnered with GradGuard to make the tuition insurance plan available to our families.

This coverage strengthens and broadens the scope of our existing refund policy by ensuring reimbursement for tuition, housing, and other payments if a student withdraws for any covered medical reason at any time during the semester.

Please remember the deadline to enroll is the day before classes begin each semester. Learn more at GradGuard.com/Tuition/Berklee(Opens in a new window) or call 877-794-6603."

CE extension fee

If a CE extension is requested and approved by the Program Director, students will have until the first day of classes in the subsequent semester to complete their culminating experience/thesis without paying a fee. Any student whose completed culminating experience/thesis is not submitted by the first day of classes in the subsequent semester is required to pay a thesis continuation fee of $400. 
For further information, please visit the Policy Handbook, page 61 to learn more.