Divinity Program Admissions
For degrees in Yale Divinity School, the Institute admits students who seek a theological education with emphasis on liturgical studies or religion and the arts, as well as M.Div. candidates interested in pursuing a range of studies in sacred music, worship, and the arts alongside their degree requirements in the Divinity School.
Students must file separate applications for the ISM and YDS; they will pay only one application fee. | link to YDS application page
The following materials must be received by January 15:
1. Completed online application by January 15. This fee must be submitted with the application and cannot be waived.
2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended, each in a sealed envelope, from the registrar or designated school records official.
3. A personal statement not to exceed 700 words explaining reasons for your interest in interdisciplinary study at the Institute and the Divinity School. Include your preparation for or interest in the academic programs in liturgical studies, in religion and the arts, or in preaching, and/or interest in and preparation for the ministry in common formation with musicians.
4. A Curriculum vitae (a resume of academic, employment, and other relevant information).
5. A writing sample of 5–6 pages representing the best of your academic writing and thinking. A portion of a senior thesis or term paper is acceptable.
6. Three letters of recommendation.
7. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if English is not your first language (see below for details). TOEFL scores will not be accepted.
8. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (optional; students are welcome to submit GRE scores to support their application, but will not be penalized for not doing so). The computer-based General Test is given regularly at testing centers around the world. Contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for more information. Please use institution code #7072. Failure to use this code may result in lost scores.
Divinity School applicants are not required to appear for an interview. Decisions made by the admissions committees of the Institute and the Divinity School are based on the application and supporting materials. Applicants are welcome to visit the Institute and the Divinity School campus at any time. Special open house events for prospective students are held during the academic year. Applicants are encouraged to attend one of these events, which offer the opportunity to attend classes, tour the campus, and talk with faculty, staff, and current students.
Language Proficiency Tests
Students for whom English is a second language must demonstrate a level of language proficiency appropriate for study.
Applicants to the Institute and Yale Divinity School programs must show evidence of proficiency in the English language either by attaining a satisfactory score on the International English Language Testing System (a minimum 7.0 band score in all areas) or by having received a degree from an accredited university or college where English is the language of instruction (TOEFL scores will not be accepted for Divinity programs). For information, contact IELTS International, 825 Colorado Boulevard, Suite 112, Los Angeles CA 90041; telephone, 323.255.2771; fax, 323.255.1261; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site, www.ielts.org.
International students are a vital part of our community at the ISM. We welcome international applicants, and seek to offer them support throughout the application process and during their time on campus. 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.