Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

The theologian Paul Tillich once observed that pastors are that rarest breed of specialist: they are generalists. In this spirit, the ISM ensures that its candidates for the M.Div. degree study ways that communities of faith articulate their beliefs through music, worship, and other art forms. Students in this program are offered many electives to explore the full range of studies in sacred music, worship, and the arts. By the time of graduation, all ISM/YDS students in the Master of Divinity program will have taken one 3-credit course from ISM faculty in each of the following areas:

  • Sacred Music
  • Worship
  • Religion and the Arts (Visual Arts or Literature)

In addition, students will have taken a total of 9 credits in other ISM courses.* This requirement may be fulfilled by applied music lessons for credit; by upper-level homiletics courses; and/or by participation in any of the following vocal ensembles: 

  • Marquand Choir
  • Marquand Gospel Choir
  • Recital Chorus
  • Repertory Chorus
  • Yale Schola Cantorum
  • Yale Camerata

*Those pursuing the Berkeley certificate are only required to take 3 credits in other ISM courses.