Admissions Procedure


Candidates demonstrating a strong Christian commitment, moral character, personal integrity, and a sincere desire to pursue training as worship leaders, artists and musicians are considered for admission to Cruse Institute for the Arts.

Admission may be denied for such things as crime, moral turpitude, misconduct, prior suspension or any other factors that would be detrimental or disruptive to the Institute or to students.


A first-time student is defined as an applicant who has not completed at least one full semester of coursework at Cruse Institute for the Arts. A high school or equivalent diploma is required for admissions to CIFTA/School of Ministry. The application process is outlined in the section entitled Application Procedures.


Students interrupting their study at CIFTA by not enrolling any subsequent spring or fall semester must submit an Application for Readmission to the Office of Admissions.


Applicants (first-time) need to submit the following materials when applying to Cruse IFTA/ School of Ministry: Full details of application requirements are available in the section titled Application Procedures.


Available in paper form or for download from the website. Click here to download.

Standard passport photograph

Attached to the application.

Pastoral recommendation

A form is included with the application.

Two (2) personal recommendations

Forms are included with the application. Applicants may not use family members or relatives.

Audition materials

Not applicable for School of Ministry applicants.  All applicants for the CIFTA music program must submit audition materials in MP3 format.  Full details for audition material requirements are available in the catalog under the section titled Application Procedures.

Secondary School Transcript

A form is included with the application. Applicants must have an official high school transcript or the equivalent sent directly form the granting entity’s registrar to the CIFTA Admissions Office

Post-secondary Transcript(s)

A form is included with the application. Those wishing to pursue an Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree should have official transcripts sent directly from any previous accredited college or university to the CIFTA Admissions Office.


A personal interview is required of each applicant. Applicants must call the Office of Admissions to schedule an interview with school officials.


Cruse Institute for the Arts admits students twice each year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Students applying to Cruse IFTA need to submit application materials by the deadline of August 1 (to start in late August) or by the deadline of December 15 (to start in mid-January) in order to receive priority consideration for admission. Students submitting applications after the above deadlines are notified of decisions on a first-apply basis for admission.