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All applicants are required to present the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) except for

  • those applying for the Ph.D. program in Law (the LSAT should be provided).
  • those applying to the Ph.D. program in Management (the GMAT may be substituted).
  • those applying to the M.S. program in Chronic Disease Epidemiology (the MCAT may be substituted).
  • those applying as a non-degree Visiting Assistant in Research.
  • those applying to the Sackler/NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Some programs require the GRE subject test. Please review the admissions requirements for the program to which you are applying.

 If, at the time of application, your GRE scores will be more than 5 years old you will need to retake the GRE.

  • GRE Scores must be released by ETS to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (code 3987).
  • Score results, self-reported (un-official), if available, can and should be entered in your online application under GRE General Test.

Paper copies of score reports will not be accepted for the GRE.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program in Management can use the GMAT (GMAC code 3TJ-30-78) from GMAC in lieu of the GRE and provide the results of their GMAT in the application under the General Management Admission Test (GMAT) section.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program in Law should provide the results of their LSAT in your online application under Law School Admission Test (LSAT) section.

Important Note:

If you are applying to a Ph.D. program associated with the Schools of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Public Health, Nursing, or Management, you must send your scores to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (code 3987) and not to the individual professional schools which have separate codes for applicants applying to professional degree programs (e.g., M.F., M.P.H., M.S.N. and M.B.A. degree programs).

For additional information and the latest updates on the GRE, please visit the ETS website.

Yes, for some departments or programs. Please review the admissions requirements for the program to which you will be applying.

  • For those applying for the Ph.D. program in Law (the LSAT should be provided).
  • For those applying to the Ph.D. program in Management (the GMAT may be substituted).
  • For those applying to the MS program in Chronic Disease Epidemiology (the MCAT* may be substituted).

* A verifiable MCAT Score reports for the MCAT must be uploaded to the online application.

The International English Language Test System (IELTS) test may be substituted for the TOEFL.

Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center via the IELTS Electronic Score Download Service. 

  • We do not accept paper Test Report Forms nor do we verify Test Report Forms (TRF’s). 
  • Our Institutional code is 1424. 
  • You must request to have the scores made available to
    1. Yale University – Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (also known as the Office of Graduate Admissions)
    2. Our address, for the record only, to identify us in the IELTS system is 320 York Street, HGS 118 New Haven, CT 06511. Paper score reports are not to be sent to that address however.

The TOEFL is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. 

  • This requirement is waived only for applicants who have or will have received a baccalaureate degree, or its foreign equivalent, prior to matriculation at Yale, from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction.  Applicants must have studied in residence at the baccalaureate institution for a least three (3) years to receive the waiver.

The TOEFL will not be waived on the basis of an advanced degree whether (whether M.A./M.S. or Ph.D.)

  • If you qualify (on the basis of your answers to specific questions in the application), no waiver form is necessary.
  • If you do not qualify for a waiver, but have taken the TOEFL within the last two years, please have your TOEFL scores released to us (code 3987). 

For additional information and the latest updates on the TOEFL, please visit the ETS website.

No. The TOEFL can only be waived if you received, or will receive, a baccalaureate degree, or its foreign equivalent, prior to matriculation at Yale, from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction.

The TOEFL will not be waived on the basis of an advanced degree whether (any Master’s or PhD degree) from any institution. Applicants must have studied in residence at the baccalaureate institution for at least three (3) years to receive the waiver.

No.

There is a separate page (the English Speaking Test form) for inputting results from the TOEFL or the IELTS if you are required to report those scores. 

  • That page will only be accessible if it is determined that you need to report the results of English Speaking Tests.
    1. If your native language is English you do not need to report your TOEFL (or IELTS) scores.
    2. If your native language in not English but you graduated (at the baccalaureate degree level) from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, you do not need to report your TOEFL (or IELTS) scores. Applicants must have studied in residence at the baccalaureate institution for at least three (3) years to receive the waiver.

If you are not required to report your TOEFL (or IELTS) scores then do not do so using the “Other Test” field as this will cause an error in the submission of your application.

If you do not meet the criteria in items 1 or 2 above (i.e., your native language is not English and you did not graduate (at the baccalaureate degree level) from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction), please revisit the Languages section and verify your responses regarding native language and primary language of instruction at the institution where you received your baccalaureate degree. When those responses are corrected, you will be able to access the English Speaking Test form.

Our advice is to have your scores released to us as soon as possible. When we have received them, they will remain in our database until they are matched with your application.

Once your scores expire you will not be able to have them released and may have to re-take the examination.

The Graduate School does not have, nor does it publish standardized test score minimum requirements.

 It is possible that some departments or programs may have minimum score levels. 

Please click here and select your program of interest. If minimum score levels exist for your program it will be reflected in the Programs and Policies entry for your program under Special Admissions Requirements or within the program’s website.

All standardized test scores are provided to departments and programs as part of the electronic application file - they do not receive them from ETS.

We do not require the use of department or program codes. All that is necessary is for your score reports to be directed to Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Code 3987).

If you are required to enter a department or program code you should use “0000” (Undecided) for the GRE or “99” (Undecided) for the TOEFL. 

If you have used a department or program code other than “0000” or “99” in addition to Institutional code of 3987, please do not worry. You do not have to request another score report to be sent.

Please refer to Required Examinations.

At the time of your GRE/TOEFL test, you should indicate Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences using the code 3987.

We do not require Department or Program codes. 

  • If required on the GRE standardized test, please use code 0000 (Undecided) as your department and/or major field code. 
  • If required on the TOEFL standardized test, please use code 99 (Undecided) as your department and/or major field code.
  • If your Ph.D. program of study is Forestry and Environmental Studies, Public Health, Management or Nursing, your scores must go to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Code 3987) for the GRE/TOEFL or 3TJ-30-78 for the GMAT.

Your test scores, when received from ETS (or Pearson-Vue in the case of the GMAT) are held in a temporary electronic file until you submit your application.

Once you submit your application, its data record is matched against this temporary file. It is only after the matching process has occurred that will we be able to reflect receipt of your scores in your online application status.

This matching process and subsequent reporting back to the on-line application can take anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks after the submission of your application to initiate and complete. While we do not report the receipt of subject test scores, if we have scores from the general test, we will have the subject test scores also.

If you have taken the GRE, TOEFL or GMAT under a different name or a name slightly varied from your application name, your score results record will NOT be matched to your application record. If you suspect this may be applicable, please contact us via email, inserting the Test Score Name Difference after the Reply Required – prompt, and we will try to correct the records accordingly.

If you have taken the GRE, TOEFL or GMAT and you know that your scores results were sent to Yale University, please check to make certain you had them sent to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (code 3987 for GRE/TOEFL or for the GMAT, code 3TJ-30-78) and not to another school of the University.

You can submit your application before you take the GRE, in fact, that is preferred. 

Once you submit your application you will be able to check the status of receipt of your letters of recommendation as well as receipt of your standardized test scores.

GRE scores are but one of many criteria used to evaluate an applicant.

Individual departments or program practices may differ, but overall the best score from each section of two or more tests are used. 

However,

  • You must submit ALL of your GRE scores in order to have the department consider the highest from each section.
  • When self-reporting (unofficial) scores within the online application, you cannot mix scores from different tests (dates).

If your scores can no longer be released to us by ETS, please take the test again.

    1. The test should be taken as early as possible to ensure that your scores are received in time to be incorporated in your file.
    2. Normally ETS will not release TOEFL scores are older then two years.
    3. If you took the TOEFL before and ETS will release those scores, then you should not have to retake the examination.
  •  You may substitute the IELTS for the TOEFL 

For additional information and the latest updates on the TOEFL please visit the ETS website.

GRE: Institution code 3987
TOEFL: Institution code 3987
IELTS: Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
GMAT: 3TJ-30-78

We do not require nor should you designate department or program codes. If you are required to enter a department or program code you should use the following codes:

GRE: “0000” (Undecided)
TOEFL: “99” (Undecided)

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Seven women graduated from Yale with Ph.D. degrees.