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Application for admission to the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for all degree and non-degree programs is an online process only.

  • After creating an account and accessing the online application you may then begin to complete your application once you have selected your application type (Ph.D./Master’s or Non-Degree Special Student or Visiting Assistant in Research).
  • All documents in support of your application must be uploaded to your application. This includes required materials such as your personal statement of purpose and transcripts, as examples. No materials are to be mailed to the Graduate School or to your designated program of study.
  • Recommenders submit a letter of recommendation for you online. Once you identify a recommender he or she will receive an email providing instructions and access information.
  • You have the ability to work on your application at any time and submit it when you are ready.
  • You have the ability to “track” the receipt of standardized test scores released to us, as well as recommendations submitted.
  • The earlier you submit your application, the sooner you can learn about the receipt of these materials.
  • During the process of completing the application you may view or print a PDF copy for your own use which will look exactly as the image that will be available for the faculty to review online.
  • Applications received on or before the deadline of the program to which you are applying are made available, in image form, to your designated program to review after the deadline of your program.
  • Application accounts created and applications started but not submitted by the deadline of your respective program will be deleted prior to the start of the new application cycle (early August of each year). Application data and any associated supplemental materials are not retained.

Please read the policies and procedures for detailed information on the actual requirements of the process.

There are two ways to determine if a writing sample is required for the program to which you are applying:

  • The first is through the program’s website
  • The second way is from within the online application. Once you have selected your program of study, if a writing sample is required, you will see a pop-up to prompt you to upload a writing sample.

You may re-upload a revised personal statement of purpose, resume or supplemental materials to your submitted application until December 15th. To revise these materials, please

  • Return to your online application and log in.
  • Go to personal statement, supplemental materials, or resume section and click on the delete button. 
  • You will then be able to upload your revised materials.
  • You cannot upload a revised transcript. (If you wish to update your transcript you should complete the fall term grade report, which can be uploaded to your submitted application).

Under no circumstances should you send revised materials or transcripts to us or to your designated program as we cannot accommodate them and they will be discarded.

Some departments and programs offer a joint degree between the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and one of Yale’s professional schools. If you apply for a joint degree you must submit an application to both the professional school and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

A combined degree is between two departments or programs, both within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 

  • Applicants submit one application to the Graduate School and indicate that they wish to be considered for both programs. 
  • Certain programs (African American Studies, Film Studies, and Renaissance Studies) are mandatory combined degrees and applicants must indicate on their application with which department/program at the Graduate School they wish to be combined. 
  • Other departments/programs at the Graduate School can be combined, but do not have to be. Additionally, some departments and programs may not be combined. 
  • Refer to the Department and Program listing for complete information.

Yes it is. 

You may re-upload a revised resume to your submitted application until December 15th. To revise these materials, please

  • Return to your online application and log in.
  • Go to the resume section and click on the delete button.
  • Then upload your revised resume.

Under no circumstances should you send your revised resume, transcripts, or any other materials to us or to your designated program as we cannot accommodate them and they will be discarded.

No. 

  • An application may be made to only one department or program at the Graduate School per term.
  • There are, however, a number of programs that permit you to apply as a combined degree applicant using a single application.
  • An application to African American Studies, Film Studies, Renaissance Studies, requires you to apply as a combined degree applicant.
  • To determine combined degree program options please refer to our list of Departments and Programs:
    1. Select your program.
    2. Click on the link to the bulletin and look for combined Ph.D. programs.

All applicants receive an ApplyYourself (Hobsons) PIN (personal identification number) and password when you create your account to apply to Yale. This is the number you use to login to the online application. 

  • If you lose your PIN, you should use the form on the login page of the online application to request assistance.
  • You should never disclose your PIN.
  • If you already have an ApplyYourself (Hobsons) PIN and password from an application not submitted in a previous year, you can use that same PIN and password to access our application for this year.

Your applicant ID number is created once you submit your application. Once you submit your application you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your Applicant ID number. This is the number the Office of Graduate Admissions uses to track your application. Never use your PIN or SSN in place of the applicant ID.

We strongly urge you to return to your application frequently to check the status of your application.

  • To check the status of receipt of letters of recommendation and test scores, please log into your online application.
  • You should check the status of your application frequently until your status is marked as complete.
  • Whether your application is submitted or not, you will be able to tell if your recommenders have submitted their letters for you. You should not wait to submit your application because of pending letters.  
  • Once you submit your application you will be able to see whether or not we have received your Official GRE/TOEFL/IELTS scores* (allowing at least 5 business days for scores records to be matched to your application).

* If you have released test scores to us prior to submission of your application or you released scores to us in support of a previous application and your application does not reflect the receipt of those scores (after 5 business days), then please let us know.

No.

  • All materials in support of your application must be uploaded to your application prior to submission.
  • Letters of recommendation are completed online and attached to your application automatically. None are to be mailed (email or post) to the Office of Graduate Admissions or to your program. If received, they will be discarded.
  • If you have materials such as books, manuscripts, CDs or sheet music that you consider essential in support of your application, you should extract a sample and upload that sample to your online application. 
  • Please note that all applications are reviewed online so hard copy materials cannot be accommodated. Do not mail any materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions or to your designated program. Such materials, if received, are discarded.

Yes, if you are able to do so. 

The system pre-prints identifying information (the name of uploaded item such as personal statement, your name, and applicant ID number) in the upper right and left corners of all uploaded documents.

If you do not leave this space, uploaded materials will print over this information, making the first few lines difficult to read.

When uploading transcripts, it is not necessary to leave this margin if it is not possible to do so.

A number of programs and departments at the Graduate School offer specific fields of study that you can select, however, not all of them require you to choose one when you submit your application. 

The available fields of study for those programs who do have subfield, tracks, or concentrations for you to choose from will be displayed to you in the form of a drop down choice box once you make your selection for Proposed Program of Study. 

If you are applying to a program that does not require subfields, you may wish to indicate your interest in a specific field of study in your personal statement.

Yes and No.

  • The Office of Graduate Admissions (or programs) does not accept evaluations or transcripts from credential management and dossier services by email or post.
  • If the service has the ability to upload a letter directly into our online recommendation system, then those letters will be accepted. Please check with your service to see if they have that ability.

Please upload all materials to your online application. Do not mail anything to us. Since all applications are reviewed by the faculty online there is no physical file folder. As such, materials not attached to your application cannot be accommodated and will be discarded if received. There are no exceptions.

The online application can accommodate virtually all of the supplemental materials you will need in support of your application. 

  • Letters of recommendation are automatically attached to your application when they are submitted by your designated recommendation providers.
  • Writing samples, abstracts, resumes, etc., (if required) as well as your personal statement of purpose must be uploaded to your application prior to submission
  • Transcripts/academic records, must be uploaded (attached) to your online application. 
  • If you have supplemental materials that could not be attached to your online application and you consider them absolutely necessary to support your application (such as a book, manuscript, journal or audio recording), you should extract a sample and upload that sample. Do not send in the actual document as it cannot be accommodated and will be discarded.

Please upload a record of your academic performance to your online application as you will not be able to submit your application if you do not do so. No transcripts are to be mailed to us. This upload may be in the form of a scanned copy of your transcript or academic record (please see questions and answers regarding transcripts below).

If the transcript is in a language other than English, you will need to have it translated to English. The translation must be certified to be an accurate translation of the original and be notarized or otherwise authenticated. The translation and the original transcript can then be uploaded to your application.

Do not send in materials you have uploaded to your online application. They cannot be accommodated and will be discarded.

Please also see question: Can I submit supplemental materials before I submit my application?

For Ph.D. and Master’s Degree applicants only.

  • Log into your online application.
  • Select Application For Admission.
  • From the navigational bar on the left select Fall Term Grade Report within the forms category.
  • Enter the information.
  • Follow the instructions for saving this form and uploading it to your application.

Do not mail this form to us or to your program.

Previous applicants who were not admitted to the Graduate School and applicants who declined a previous offer of admission must submit a completely new application and pay the application fee. 

  • The new application will contain all required (transcripts and letters of recommendation) materials as information and materials from a previous application cannot be transferred to your new application.
  • Admissions records of applicants who did not enroll in the Graduate School are retained in image form and may be combined with your new application if requested by the program.
  • You do not, however, have to have another set of test scores sent in if they were already provided in support of your previous application.

Applicants who have been denied admission three times by the Graduate School, whether by one or more departments, may not file further applications. Please read the Policies and Procedures on reapplying for additional information.

You can request that your application be withdrawn from consideration any time after submission and prior to an admissions decision being rendered. 

  • Please note, however, that application fees are not refundable even if your request to withdraw an application is honored.
  • If an application was submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences when intended for another school of the university and you have already submitted an application to that school, we will withdraw your application and your application fee will be refunded.
    1. Transcripts and other materials submitted as part of a withdrawn application will not be transferred to the other school of the university.
    2. Letters of recommendation will not be transferred.
  • If you have started, but not submitted, an application because you intended to apply to another school of the university, your application to the Graduate School can be deleted.

Yes we do have a fee waiver program for eligible applicants.

Please see the Fees/Fee Waiver section.

Yes, but you should make every effort to have your standardized test scores released to us as soon as possible.

  • Please bear in mind that faculty can begin reviewing applications following the deadline of your program.
  • While they may have self-reported scores (that you entered in your application), no formal decision can be made until official scores are received.
  • Official score records received after the deadline will still be provided to the program.
  • Not reading all instructions nor reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions section.
  • Not taking required standardized tests early and releasing scores to Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (code 3987) prior to the deadline of the program to which they applied.
  • Not using your full legal name (the name you will use on your application and which appears on your passport) when you register for standardized tests.
  • Not identifying your recommendation providers early enough in the process. You should list your providers as soon as you start your application.
  • Not returning frequently to the online application after submission to verify the status of required materials such as test scores and letters of recommendation.
  • Not submitting their application well before the deadline of the program to which they are applying.

The initial status of an application will be “incomplete” until an overnight process updates transcript status information.  Once the overnight process takes place, the only reason an application status would be marked “incomplete” is 1. all three letters of recommendation have not been received, or 2. you have not allowed sufficient time (1 week) for your application records to be matched to your standardized test score record.

If everything is marked as received on your “dashboard”, then it is likely that your standardized test score record was just matched to your application. After an overnight process, your status will change to “complete”.

 

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