International & Transfer Students
In order to gain admission to the Institute and to obtain a visa, international students must show that they have sufficient funds to provide for their expenses while in residence as a student in the United States. Bank affidavits and certificates of finance will be required.
Students currently enrolled at the Divinity School or the School of Music who wish to apply for transfer to the Institute of Sacred Music should submit the following:
1 Completed online application form. The application fee is waived.
2 Official transcripts of academic records from all colleges and universities attended, including most recent Yale transcript. Unofficial copies may be obtained from current school registrars at student’s request.
3 Copies of all letters of recommendation from student’s file. Copies may be obtained from current school registrar.
4 Two letters of recommendation from current faculty, at least one from Institute faculty.
5 An essay to include a discussion of reasons for pursuing graduate study at the Institute of Sacred Music, comments on specific areas of interest for study, an indication of your sense of vocation, and areas of greatest importance as you consider your future career in relation to the Church. The essay is not to exceed one page.
6 Official scores from GRE or TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable; see above for details).
All YDS students who transfer to the ISM shall attend the ISM Colloquium for the remaining time in their program. The requirements for the number of ISM courses and the Colloquium presentation may be adjusted. The students are otherwise required to fulfill all curricular requirements expected of ISM students.
M.A.R. students in the ISM who wish to transfer to the M.Div. program must apply to the ISM faculty for admission and a third year of ISM funding. Applications are due by October 15 of the third term of a student’s concentrated M.A.R. program. Admission and funding decisions will be announced by November 1 of that term.
Students enrolled at other colleges or universities who wish to transfer to the Institute of Sacred Music should speak to the Institute’s Office of Admissions regarding their particular circumstances.
(Updated June 2008)