Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Admissions

Procedures

Application (first-time applicants)

The Graduate School at Yale utilizes an online application which can be accessed at online when it is available. To insure full consideration, applications must be submitted before the deadline of the program to which you are applying. All material (including transcripts) required or desired in support of your application and needed for a complete review of your application, must be attached (uploaded) to your on-line application.Please click here for the deadline date of your designated program.

Applications should be submitted as early as possible so that you can track the status of your application and the receipt of Standardized Test Scores or Letters of Recommendation. You should log into your application frequently to check the status of receipt of those items.

You will not be allowed to submit your application after the deadline to your designated program has passed.

Credentials/Supplemental Materials

All materials in support of your application must be uploaded (attached) to your application. Since all applications are reviewed by faculty online NO materials (such as transcripts, student test score reports or any other item) should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions or to your program. Should any materials be mailed to us or to your program they will be discarded as they cannot be included in your electronic application file.

Personal Statement of Purpose (required). As a required part of the application a 500- to 1,000-word Personal Statement of Purpose should be prepared in advance. It must be attached (uploaded) to your application at the time you submit it. Your statement concerns your past work, preparation for the intended field of study, relevant background and interests, academic plans, and career. It should be used to describe your reasons for applying to the particular Yale department or program. This statement may assist the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.

Faculty have requested that such statements be limited to 500 to 1,000 words (no more than two pages).

Recommendations (required). All letters of recommendation are received on-line and the Graduate School’s online application requires you to have your recommendation providers submit their recommendations electronically. You should check with your recommender and obtain their institutional e-mail address. E-mail addresses from domains other than ".edu" may be subject to additional screening and filtering. Once entered in your online application, an automatic e-mail will be sent to your recommender. Recommendations submitted by your recommenders are automatically appended to your application whether you have or have not submitted your application. We do accept Letters of recommendation from credential management/dossier services that can be uploaded directly into our online Recommendation System by the credentials management/dossier service. Please check with your service to see if they have that ability.

We are not able to accept letters by e-mail or in paper form mailed to us as those letters cannot be incorporated into your electronic application file.

Transcripts (required). A transcript or academic record is required from each college or university attended and listed in the Prior Study section of your application. You must upload (attach) a scanned copy of your transcript or a copy of your academic record to your application for each institution listed in the Prior Study section of your application prior to submitting it (please ensure uploaded transcripts are legible).Please refer to detailed instructions within the online application with regard to transcripts/academic records and 'uploading". Do not mail in a copy of a transcript or academic record which you have "uploaded" to your on-line application - it is not required nor necessary. Such transcripts received will be discarded.

Applicants who have attended international institutions whose transcripts are in a language other than English, must submit those transcripts or certified attestations of study, with certified English translations. Once translated, the original transcript and the certified translations must be "uploaded" (atached) to your on-line application.

College seniors should "upload" a current transcript available at the time the application is ready to be submitted. Once fall term grades are posted to your record you should complete the Fall Term Grade Report and upload it to your submitted application.

Only if you are offered admission and accept that offer do you need to provide an Official Transcript (sent to us by mail directly from the institution), or a Final Official Transcript if it is in support of a Prior Study institution reflecting the award of a degree (also sent to us by mail or electronically, directly from the institution). If you list a Study Abroad Program in the Prior Study section of the application and you mark the box indicating a Study Abroad Program, you willnot need to "upload" the transcript from that institution if coursework taken is reflected on the transcript from the sponsoring institution and which you already have "uploaded". If the corsework is not on the transcript of the sponsoring institution then you will need to upload (attach) a copy of that transcript.

Standardized Examinations (Required). Please refer to the Policy on this topic above.You must arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to release GRE and TOEFL (if required) scores directly to Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, code 3987 either at the time of the examination or via the ETS additional score reporting system. You should not designate a Department – if required, use code 0000 for the GRE and 99 for the TOEFL. If you are submitting GMAT scores you must contact Pearson Vue to have those scores released to the Graduate School (code 3JT-30-78) . Applicants are strongly encouraged to register early in scheduling tests. For registration forms, test dates, test centers and general information, contact the following organizations.

The failure to properly release scores to the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is one of the major causes of delays in the processing of applications. The Graduate School does not receive nor accept paper copies of score reports whether issued by ETS or received from the student.

GRE scores are maintained in a temporary electronic file for two calendar years following the date they are released to Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. If you do not apply within that period of time you will need to have your scores released again.

Scores released (sent) to other schools of Yale University cannot be transferred to the Graduate School of Arts and Science.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Please refer to the relevant department or program’s special admissions requirements to determine whether Subject Test scores are necessary. Contact the Educational Testing Service website for test related questions or write:

GRE-ETS
PO Box 6000
Princeton NJ 08541-6000
Telephone: (609) 771-7670

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) If you are required to take the TOEFL you must arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to report scores directly to Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, code 3987 either at the time of the examination or via the ETS additional score reporting system. You should not designate a Department – if required use code 00 or 99.

Contact the Educational Testing Service website for test related questions or write:

TOEFL/TSE Services-ETS
PO Box 6151
Princeton NJ 08541-6151
Telephone: (609) 771-7100

International English Language Test System (IELTS). The IELTS may be substituted for the requirement to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You must identify Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in order for your scores to be received.

Refer to the following for test related questions:
International English Language Testing System website

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Some programs of the Graduate School may require the GMAT. Such requirements will be listed in the Program description under Special Admissions Requirements. The GMAT is administered by PearsonVue. Scores must be reported to code 3JT-30-78. Paper score reports will not be accepted. Contact PearsonVue with test or score reporting questions.

Special Admissions Requirements (program dependent) Supplemental materials such as writing samples, abstracts, etc. required or desired in support of your application must be "Uploaded" (attached) to your application. Please do not send copies of writing samples, abstracts, etc., which you had uploaded (attached) to your online application. These materials, if received will be discarded as they cannot be incorporated into your electronic application file.

Ph.D. applicants who wish to submit a joint degree program application must upload a Joint Degree Program Statement. Applicants to those masters level programs which permit a joint degree program application must also upload a Joint Degree Program Statement.

Applicants have the option of submitting a resume with their application although some programs do require a resume.

Please review the Graduate Degree Programs for any special admissions requirements.

Application Fee

The application fee for Fall 2014 is $100.

Credit card (Visa or MasterCard) payment from within the online application is the only method of payment. Debit cards or credit card debit authorizations are not acceptable. Wire transfers (such as SWIFT or Fedwire) can not be accepted under any circumstances. The application fee is not refundable.

(Fee Waiver) Except as noted in the Fee Waiver Eligibility and Instructions page all applicants must submit payment with their application. With proof of significant financial hardship, U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Resident Visa Holders (with alien registration numbers) and certain applicants participating in or the recipients of identified programs may be eligible for a waiver or a refund of the application fee. If you believe you may be eligible for a fee waiver, please click here for further information. Non-U.S. citizens are not eligible for waiver or refund of the application fee.

Resume (optional)

You may attach (upload) a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae to your online application. Do not mail a hard copy of your resume or curriculum vitae to us as it cannot be incorporated into your electronic application file and will be discarded..

Diversity Statement (optional)

The Yale Graduate School is strongly committed to attracting qualified students of diverse backgrounds to its community of scholars. Applicants are invited , if they wish, to include, with their application, a statement on how their background and life experience would contribute to diversity within the Graduate School community and to the School’s commitment to training individuals in an increasingly diverse society. You may attach (upload) a copy of your comment to your online application. Do not mail a hard copy of your statement to us as it cannot be incorporated into your electronic application file and will be discarded.

Summary of Science Grades (required for BBS and Chemistry)

Applicants to the Chemistry or the Combined Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) are required to submit the Summary of Science Grade Form listing all biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics courses taken.

Financial Statement is required for all MS/MA applicants

A copy of the Financial Statement can be found from within your online application via the blue navigation bar under the Supplemental Forms heading. If you are an MS/MA degree applicant you will be prompted for this form as a final step in the submission of your application.

For reasons of confidentiality information provided on your Financial Statement is not shared (it is "masked") with the faculty reviewing your application nor will you see if after you submit your application.