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YSM announces revamped B.A./M.M. degree program

Five-year course of study now open to high-school students
August 15, 2017

High-school students can now apply to the Yale School of Music’s bachelor of arts/master of music program. Previously open only to Yale College students making plans for graduate school, the revamped degree path allows high-school students to plan simultaneously for college and graduate school. The program is designed for outstanding instrumentalists who are also interested in pursuing a liberal-arts education.

As had been and remains the case, Yale College students can apply to the program during their junior year. Now, high-school students everywhere can apply to attend college and graduate school at Yale. That is, admission to the five-year program is through acceptance into both Yale College and the School of Music, either during the third year of the College’s bachelor of arts program or before matriculation into Yale College.

The program, in its expanded form, offers undergraduates the opportunity to spread master’s-degree course requirements and study with YSM faculty over the course of five years. Similarly, Yale College students who begin the program in their senior year can complete some requirements toward their master’s degrees before graduating and enrolling at the School of Music.

The revamped B.A./M.M. program should be particularly appealing to pre-college students who might otherwise have trouble deciding whether to go the conservatory or university route. YSM’s B.A./M.M. degree offers students the opportunity to pursue both degrees at the highest levels of education, and at the only music school in the Ivy League.

Among those who’ve taken advantage of the program are Philadelphia Orchestra assistant conductor Kensho Watanabe ’09BS ’10MM, who studied biology at Yale College and violin at YSM, and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Victor Wang ’14BS ’15MM, who also studied biology at Yale College and received his master’s degree from YSM.



This makes Yale competitive with Columbia+Juilliard, Harvard or Tufts+NEC and makes life interesting for YSM faculty.

Does it replace the Certificate program as well as the earlier 5-yr. program?

Michael F

August 24th, 2017 | Michael Friedmann

Thank you for your note. It does not replace the Certificate program nor the existing BA/MM program. Current Yale College students can still apply for the BA/MM program during their junior year.

September 15th, 2017 | Yale School of Music

I wanted to ask as an enrolling student for undergraduate of engineering to Yale, can I study also in YMS? What degree could I get?

September 6th, 2017 | Aruzhan

Thank you for your interest in our BA/MM program. You do not have to major in music to apply. Please visit our BA/MM page for more information.

September 15th, 2017 | Yale School of Music

Only instrumentalists? No vocalists? If not, why not? (Yes, my YSM MMus ’70 is in Voice.) I was reading neumes and singing Gregorian chant since the age of 7.

September 8th, 2017 | Anita L. MacDonald

Hi Anita, thank you for your comment. This restriction is due in large part to how much a singer’s voice continues to mature at this age.

September 15th, 2017 | Yale School of Music

Haha I just wanna express my hapiness and my excite when I hear this! It ‘s a great news and help for me!

September 29th, 2017 | Xiaolan Ji

I see that these are two separate applications; is the undergrad admissions dept. made aware that the applicant is applying to the BA/MM program? Thank you!

October 25th, 2017 | bassoon1202

Thank you for your comment. Undergraduate Admissions does not take into account that an applicant is applying for the BA/MM program.

November 6th, 2017 | Yale School of Music

Is the audition for the BA/MM program “measured by the same yardstick” as the audition for the MM program alone?
In other words, when adjudicating the audition, is it taken into account that a senior in high school is unlikely to be as advanced as a junior/ senior in college applying to the program?

February 6th, 2018 | Tonya

Thank you for your comment. BA/MM applicants are essentially auditioning for a graduate music school and are expected to be on par with those applying for our graduate-level degree programs.

February 14th, 2018 | Yale School of Music