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Institute students are enrolled both in the Institute and in the School of Music and/or the Divinity School. Institute students must follow the curriculum of their respective schools to receive their degrees. They must also follow the curriculum of the ISM to receive the ISM Certificate and maintain their financial aid. All ISM students attend the Institute colloquium and elect courses with Institute faculty.

See the chapter Programs of Study for information about the ISM program requirements.

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Degrees with Yale School of Music

Music students in the ISM are candidates for one of three degrees.

Master of Music

The M.M. is a two-year postbaccalaureate degree in musical performance. The degree program includes intensive study of a primary discipline (e.g., keyboard, conducting, composition), augmented by theoretical and historical studies. See the chapter Programs of Study for ISM expectations.

Doctor of Musical Arts

The D.M.A. degree program provides intensive training in the student’s major field—performance, conducting, or composition—supported by studies in theoretical and historical subjects. Yale University awards the D.M.A. degree to those candidates who have successfully completed four terms of residential requirements, demonstrated expertise in the major field through artistic excellence and distinguished achievements in the three-year postresidential period, and successfully completed the final recital and oral examination. More information about the D.M.A. can be found in the bulletin of the School of Music.

Artist Diploma

The Artist Diploma is offered to applicants who hold a master’s degree or the professional equivalent. Although a fundamental knowledge of musicianship and the history of Western music is presumed, candidates will be tested in these areas when they enter the program. Minimum performance requirements for each year of residence are one solo recital, one major ensemble performance, and one performance of a work for soloist and orchestra. Students who have completed the M.M. degree at Yale may complete the work in one academic year; those who have earned the M.M. or its equivalent elsewhere must be in residence for two years.

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Degrees with Yale Divinity School

Divinity students in the ISM are candidates for one of three degrees.

Master of Divinity

The M.Div. is a three-year degree program of theological studies designed primarily, although not exclusively, to prepare the student for ordination to the Christian ministry.

Master of Arts in Religion

The M.A.R. is a two-year degree program that prepares students for a variety of careers. Students in the comprehensive program may go into various forms of lay ministry or service (e.g., secondary teaching, college or hospital chaplaincy, nonprofit management, religion writing), while the concentrated M.A.R. degree often serves as a preparation for doctoral study.

Master of Sacred Theology

The S.T.M. is a one-year degree program for those who have obtained the B.D. or M.Div. degree, or the equivalent, and wish to do concentrated research on a specific project. Typically, the ISM student in this degree program focuses either in liturgical studies or religion and the arts.

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Joint Degrees

The School of Music and Divinity School participate in a number of joint-degree programs. Institute students interested in applying to such programs should consult the ISM director.

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