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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).  Although GMAT scores are available for reporting for up to 10 years, they remain valid for only 5 years.  Submitting invalid scores may reduce your chances of admissions.
  • 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.

  • At the time of the test you should identify “Graduate” and then Yale University using code 3987.  For additional score reports you need only select Yale University using 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 Yale University using 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 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 at 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 are still not sure if you must submit TOEFL scores, please review this flowchart: Is English Language Testing Required for My Application? (start with the question “Is your native language English?”)

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

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). 
  • 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 Warner House, 1 Hillhouse Avenue, room 302, New Haven, CT 06511. Paper score reports are not to be sent to that address however.

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.

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 review our Programs and Departments website. 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.

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 using 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 “Graduate” and then Yale University using code 3987.

For additional score reports you need only select Yale University using 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.

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 may not be matched to your application record. If you suspect this may be the case, please contact us via email.

If you have taken the GRE, TOEFL or GMAT and you know that your scores results were sent to Yale University, please verify that you indicated “Graduate” at the time of the test and had them sent to code 3987 for GRE/TOEFL or for the GMAT, code 3TJ-30-78, and not to another school of the University.

When you apply, you will need to enter your GRE score or a future GRE test date in order to submit your application. You should take the GRE as soon as possible to ensure ample time for your official scores to arrive and be considered with your application. However, you do not need to wait to submit your application in order to take the GRE or vice versa.

Programs will be able to see all scores that you have self-reported in your application or sent officially.

Individual departments or program practices may differ in how GRE scores are evaluated, so it will be best to check with your program of interest for how scores are used in the evaluation process. 

When self-reporting (unofficial) scores within the online application, you should not mix scores from different test 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)