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Application for admission to the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Division of Special Registration for Non-Degree Programs is an online process.  We suggest starting by reviewing the Overview and General Requirements section and when you are ready to begin you can proceed to create an online account from within that section and select Application Type of Special Student (SS).

The application will guide you through completion and prompt you to upload required materials. You must upload certain required items, including a Personal Statement of Purpose and, transcripts. You may upload additional items, such as a Writing Sample and Resume.

You will be required to designate two Recommenders who must each submit a letter of recommendation online. Once you identify a Recommender, he or she will receive an email providing instructions and access information.

You may work on your application periodically and submit it when you are ready. Submission of the application can be effected only after all of the required materials have been uploaded. At the time of submission, you will be prompted to submit an application fee.

After submission, you may print out a PDF copy of your application for your records. Domestic applicants must submit an application no later than the deadline dates for either Spring or Fall terms - International applicants must submit an application no later than sixty days (60) prior to a proposed start date.

Please refer to our Fees section.

Students who have completed their bachelor’s degree or equivalent may be admitted to the Division of Special Registration as Special Students (SS). Undergraduate students in combined or simultaneous B.S./M.S., B.A./M.A. or similar programs are eligible only if they can provide evidence, such as a transcript or other document, indicating that they have completed the bachelor’s portion of their program.

Special Student (SS) applicants must provide undergraduate transcripts showing completion of the bachelor’s degree or its foreign equivalent, along with current graduate school transcripts.

All transcripts must be in English or translated into English and must be uploaded to the online application prior to submission. Please do not mail or have sent to us any transcripts as they cannot be accommodated and will be discarded.

Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by the department or program to which you have applied as well as by the Associate Dean’s Office of the Graduate School.

If you are admitted as a Special Student, you will be notified by email to which a PDF copy of your Offer Letter and an Admissions Reply Form will be attached. The original of your Offer Letter will also be sent to you via first class mail.

The review of a Special Student application can take one to two weeks. If after two weeks you have not heard anything please contact the Admissions Office by email (Department/Program affiliation in the Humanities, or in the Sciences or in the Social Sciences) and enter your topic in the subject line following the “Reply Required — ” prompt. Please ignore any auto response you may receive — your question will be answered.

Initial enrollment may be for one or two academic terms. After the initial enrollment period, students may request an extension for a cumulative total of four academic terms. Extension requests should be made directly to a student’s Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in their affiliated department or program. The DGS will recommend any proposed extensions to the Graduate School. Once an extension has been approved by a DGS and the Graduate School, the student will receive a new letter of admission.

Students are required to show proof of sufficient financial resources to cover tuition and living expenses while at Yale. This may include

  • financial support from your home institution
  • an external award agency
  • personal and/or family funds

Applicants must provide documentary evidence for each source of funds.

  • For each fellowship, grant and stipend, students must provide an official award letter detailing the amount and duration of each award.
  • For personal funds, students must provide an official bank statement.
  • For family support, students must provide both a notarized letter from the family member indicating the amount and duration of the promised support, along with that family member’s official bank statement.

For international students, the J-1 visa requires that you have substantial funding from sources other than personal or family funds. International students are required to have non-personal (non-family) funding equal to the lower of 100% of tuition costs, or 30% of total costs (tuition plus monthly living expenses).

All documents uploaded showing support for resources or awards, including bank statements, must be in English.

Admitted students may purchase health insurance coverage through Yale Health by contacting Yale Health Member Services by email or calling 203-432-0246.

Please do not contact the Admissions Office or the Associate Dean’s Office of the Graduate School regarding Yale Health coverage as they will not be able to assist you.

Yes. Spouses or same-sex partners of Yale graduate students are eligible to hold a Student Affiliate ID Card which confers certain privileges with regard to campus shuttle services, athletic and library facilities, museum admissions, film society screenings and Yale Repertory Theatre and Yale athletic events. Students and their spouses should bring valid IDs and proof of marriage (copy of license) or domestic partnership (e.g., joint lease, civil union, joint banking statement) to the Office of the Registrar at 246 Church Street to request a spousal/partner affiliate ID. Pending approval of the documentation you provide, the Registrar will issue a card permitting the spouse or same-sex partner to obtain an affiliate ID from the University’s ID Center.

Unfortunately, no.

Special Students are responsible for their housing arrangements and living expenses. Information about housing options can be found at Yale Graduate Housing.

Please do not contact the Admissions Office or the Associate Dean’s Office of the Graduate School regarding housing or accommodations as they will not be able to assist you.

International Special Students(SS) should first bring their passport and immigration documents to check in with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Their second stop should be to inform their Yale department and advisor that they have arrived.

Domestic students should first inform their Yale department and advisor that they have arrived. Once they have notified their departments, all students should go to the Registrar's Office for instructions about receiving your ID Card. You will have already received your Student Identification Number and NetID along with instructions about activating your NetID.

Once your application has been reviewed and a decision made to offer you admission as a Special Student (SS), you will receive email notification to which an Offer Letter and an Admissions Reply Form will be attached. You may accept (or decline) that offer by marking the appropriate box, signing and dating the form and return it by email) to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Once you have accepted the Offer of Admission as a Special Student and the Admissions Office has documented you as a new student, the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will contact you in 3-6 business days, by email, and ask you to fill out a biographical questionnaire.

OISS will then complete the DS-2019 immigration document, which will then be sent to you via courier. This document includes the SEVIS ID number, which you will need to pay the SEVIS fee and book the visa appointment. As there are several stages to this process, including the mailing and delivery of forms, you can facilitate the visa process by responding promptly to queries from OISS, and making sure that you have provided appropriate documentation to support your statement of financial support. Questions regarding the visa process should be directed to OISS by email.

Special Students may apply for the fall or spring terms or both. International students must submit their application no later than sixty (60) days prior to the start of classes in the term in which they intend to begin. Domestic students must submit their application no later than thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of term. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit an application in a timely manner. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. The Graduate School does not offer summer courses.

Your tuition bill will be sent to your yale.edu email address, after you arrive at Yale. The bill is payable upon receipt, and will include instructions on methods of payment.

Once you have accepted an offer of admission, you will receive an email with your Student Identification Number and NetID (allowing you to establish a Yale email account). You will also receive two additional emails, one with instructions for activating your NetID and a second containing an activation PIN.

When you arrive, bring either your passport or current U.S. Driver’s License to the Registrar’s Office at 246 Church Street.

  • There you will receive an authorization to obtain an ID card.
  • After you receive this authorization, you may go to the ID Center, located in the same building.

If you are trying to contact one of the support offices and are having trouble getting a response to your questions, please contact the Registrar in the department to which you have applied. The department Registrar will be able to help you identify the appropriate person to contact.

No. The Graduate School does not provide financial support to Special Students

Most students provide their own funding through external awards or personal resources.

For international students, any funding coming from outside of Yale, including personal funds, should be documented in the application for visa purposes.

If you were unable to find the answer to your question please call or email your program directly - you may find program contact information here.