About Your Interview
An interview is required for entry into all of our master’s degree programs. Our interviews are conducted as a way for you to show your strengths and help us assess your aptitude and ability to succeed in Berklee's rigorous and dynamic environment.
Scheduling Your Interview
Once your application is complete and submitted, the graduate admissions committee will review it and contact you if you are selected to continue the admissions process with an interview.
Example Interview Questions
The interviewer will use the information provided on your application as the foundation for this discussion. Depending on which master’s degree 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. The following are the four primary areas of discussion in the interview:
1. Preparation to begin study at Berklee
In addition to each candidate's artistic preparation to meet the rigors of our curriculum, consideration will be given to your understanding of Berklee's history and mission, and to 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 graduate admissions committee 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?