Admissions at YSM


Study, tuition-free, at the only graduate school of music in the Ivy League.

Degrees + Programs

The Yale School of Music awards the following graduate-professional degrees: 

  • Master of Music (M.M.)
  • Master of Musical Arts (M.M.A.)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

The School also offers the following programs:

  • Certificate in Performance
  • Artist Diploma program, for performers holding a minimum of a high school diploma
  • Bachelor of Arts/Master of Music (B.A./M.M.) program, offered in conjunction with Yale College

Fellowship opportunities at the School include:

  • String Quartet Fellowship
  • Collaborative Piano Fellowship

Key Admissions Dates

September 15: Applications open
December 1: Applications due
January 12 (latest): Prescreening results emailed to all applicants
February 17 – 25: Live auditions and DMA Exams by invitation only
April 1: Admissions decisions sent by email
April 15: Deadline for admitted students to respond to admission offers

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Degrees and Programs

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Complete information on YSM's degree and program offerings.

Financial Aid

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A full-tuition award and fellowship are given to all admitted students, with the exception of those receiving awards from other agencies. 

International Student Services

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Yale has many resources designed to to help international students with any questions they may have about life as a Yale student or living in a new country.

Academic Policies

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Full details on the School of Music academic policies.


Inquiry Form

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Applications open on September 15. Applicants are required to submit prescreening recordings, in addition to completing all sections of the online application, by December 1.