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How to Apply
Checklist of Required Application Materials
The application deadline for the 2016–17 academic year is: December 1, 2015 (at 11:59pm).
Yale School of Music is a graduate school and accepts applications for the following degree programs only:
- Master of Music (M.M.)
- Master of Musical Arts (M.M.A.)
- Artist Diploma (A.D.)
- Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
- Certificate in Performance
- Bachelor of Arts/Master of Music (B.A./M.M.)*
- String Quartet Fellowship
IMPORTANT: We recently announced revisions to our MMA and AD programs. See announcement here.
*Note that the five-year B.A./M.M. program is for current Yale College students only. Students interested in studying music at the undergraduate level should refer to Yale College’s undergraduate office of admissions for application instructions, and to the Department of Music website for information about musical study as an undergraduate at Yale.
A completed online application (for ALL degree programs) must include:
The online application includes sections where you will upload all of your application materials. Anything sent by mail (any supplementary materials that cannot be uploaded) must be postmarked on or before December 1. Note that this application is the only Yale application you need to submit. (ISM applicants should refer to the special note below.)
Applications will not be reviewed unless the application fee is paid. The fee is nonrefundable. We do not offer fee waivers. The fee should be paid online by credit card. Alternatively, we accept checks or money orders (made payable to Yale University). If paying by check, please include your name and application reference number on the check. All checks must be in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank. To pay the fee online, first submit your application. Then log in and you will see a link on your status page to pay the fee: Submit Payment for 150.00 USD
We strongly prefer that all applicants (except cellists) submit prescreening recordings online, as part of the online application, instead of by mail. These files or website links should be uploaded directly to the online application (to the recordings tab). Cellists must send recordings by mail (DVDs must be in NTSC format). Yale does not assume responsibility for loss of recordings and scores; copies should be sent. Note about audio quality: It is very important that the audio quality is excellent on audio and video recordings. If you are given a choice between submitting audio recordings or video recordings, and your video does not have high audio quality, we prefer that you submit an audio recording.
Your résumé or CV helps give us a full picture of your musical background and experience. It is helpful to include information such as: your schools, private teachers, musical experience (solo, chamber, orchestral), music festivals attended, and teaching experience.
Letters should be written by teachers, mentors, or advisors with professional knowledge of your abilities as a musician. We will also accept letters by mail (with signature across envelope seal) or by email (gradmusic.admissions[at]yale.edu).
We require transcripts from all universities and conservatories that you have attended or are currently attending. We must have a transcript from your current school. An unofficial transcript can be uploaded to your online application. On the “Education History” tab of the application, when you click “Add Institution” you will see an upload button for transcripts. If you are offered a live audition, we will require official transcripts to be mailed from your schools in a sealed envelope. All transcripts must be in English. Final transcripts must be translated into English by a certified translator.
The TOEFL is required for applicants whose first language is not English Minimum Score Requirement: 86 internet, 227 computer, or 567 paper. The minimum TOEFL score for AD applicants is 80. ETS Institution Code: 3992 ETS Department Code: none required It is possible to be offered a live audition with a score below the minimum. However, Yale School of Music will not extend an offer of admission to any student who has not met our TOEFL requirement before March 1.
You may request a TOEFL waiver if you have studied at English-speaking institutions full-time for six (6) years or more. This means six years prior to beginning school at Yale. Waiver requests should be made online as part of the online application and include:
1) a short description of your education history (tell us when you started attending English-speaking schools, and how many years you studied at each school).
2) Upload copies of your university and/or high school transcripts that show six (6) years or more of strong grades at English-speaking schools.
Composers must submit valid Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. We do not require the GRE for any other programs. We do not require a minimum score. We do not ask for you to enter your GRE scores on the online application. You must order a score report from ETS. Which Test: GRE General Test ETS Institution Code: 3992 ETS Department Code: none required
D.M.A. applicants are required to submit supplementary materials in addition to the items listed above. Click here for a complete description of the D.M.A. application and exam requirements.
Applying to more than one Degree Program
If you are applying to the AD program, for example, and you would also like to be considered for another degree program (such as the MMA, MM, or Certificate), you must select AD as your primary degree program on the online application. Then you may select a secondary degree program. DMA applicants interested in being considered for the MMA program may select MMA as the secondary degree program.
Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) Applicants
Applicants to the ISM programs (Choral Conducting, Organ, or Early Music Voice) must submit both the School of Music online application and the ISM online application.
String Quartet Applicants
There are special instructions for String Quartet applicants. Click here for a description of the new String Quartet Program and application instructions. Stay tuned for information about auditions for fall 2016.