Institute students and fellows are immersed in a vibrant interdisciplinary environment that fosters a collaborative learning experience.

Online application opens September 1st – Prospective students: use the APPLY NOW link at left to set up your online account!

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General Information and Requirements

Graduate Study

  • All ISM students are also enrolled in either the Yale School of Music or Yale Divinity School.
  • For degrees in the Yale School of Music, the Institute admits outstanding organists, choral conductors, and singers wishing to investigate the sacred contexts of performance. Admittance is based on the application and auditions. On occasion, the ISM will admit a composition major with a particular interest in sacred music. They must first be accepted by the School of Music and should register their interest with the ISM Office of Admissions. 
  • For degrees in the Yale Divinity School, the Institute is interested in students who seek theological education with an emphasis on liturgical studies or religion and the arts, as well as M.Div. candidates who desire interaction with practicing church musicians as part of their education. Applicants to the ISM and YDS must submit two separate applications: one to be reviewed by the ISM admissions committee, the other to be reviewed by the YDS admissions committee. 

Contact us at or 203.432.9753.


Deadlines and Admissions Procedures

Online applications are to be submitted and all supporting materials are to be sent directly to the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, to arrive no later than


The ISM Fellows are scholars, religious leaders, and artists at all career stages whose work is in or is moving to the fields of sacred music, liturgical/ritual studies, or religion and the arts. Scholars in the humanities or the social or natural sciences, whose work is directly related to these areas, are also encouraged to apply. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their scholarly or artistic projects within a vibrant, interdisciplinary community, and they may have the option to teach.

Nondiscrimination/Title IX Statements

The University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. | FULL TEXT