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How to Apply
The application deadline for the 2018–2019 academic year is December 1, 2017 (at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time).
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
- Collaborative Piano Fellowship
*IMPORTANT: We recently announced revisions to our B.A./M.M. program. MORE INFO
Applicants interested in majoring in 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 music study as an undergraduate at Yale.
Checklist of Required Application Materials
A completed online application (for all degree programs) is due on Friday, December 1, 2017 and must include ALL of the following items:
The online application is now open. The 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. B.A./M.M. applicants applying as a high school senior must also submit a college application through Yale undergraduate admissions. YSM applicants for choral conducting, early music voice, and organ must also submit an application through the Institute of Sacred Music (more information below). For all other applicants, the Yale School of Music application is the only Yale University application you need to submit.
Applications will not be reviewed unless the application fee is paid. The fee is nonrefundable. We do not offer fee waivers except for B.A./M.M. applicants applying to Yale College simultaneously who received an application fee waiver from Yale College. 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 click the 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.
Live auditions will be held for applicants who pass the prescreening round. Attendance is required.
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.
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, you will see an upload button for transcripts after clicking “Add Institution.” 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 (for most degrees): 86 internet, 227 computer, or 567 paper. The minimum TOEFL score for A.D. applicants is 80 internet. 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 of that application cycle. All applicants must send in a TOEFL score by December 1. ETS Institution Code: 3992. ETS Department Code: none required.
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 the following:
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) 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 and have taken the test before December 1. 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 A.D. program, for example, and you would also like to be considered for another degree program (such as the M.M.A., M.M., or Certificate), you must select A.D. as your primary degree program on the online application. Then you may select a secondary degree program. D.M.A. applicants interested in being considered for the M.M.A. or A.D. program may select M.M.A. or A.D. as the secondary degree program.
Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) Applicants
Applicants to the ISM programs (Choral Conducting, Early Music Voice, or Organ) must submit both the School of Music online application and the ISM online application.
There are special instructions for Fellowship applicants. Please visit the following pages for program information and application instructions.
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