Yale awarded the first Ph.D. degrees in the United States.
See the Yale Bulletin Graduate School Policies and Procedures dissertation section.
Dissertations must be submitted to the Yale University Registrar’s Office (246 Church Street, 3rd Floor) by the deadline established in the academic calendar to be considered for December or May degrees.
At least four weeks prior to the submission deadline, you must notify your department of your intent to submit your dissertation. This early notification period will provide the department sufficient time for the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) to approve dissertation readers before the March submission deadline.
The process for assigning readers is determined by the department, which is responsible for confirming the qualifications, contact information, and willingness of all readers before notifying the Graduate School of these appointments. All appointments of readers are subject to review by the associate dean.
The Dissertation Submission Office will distribute the hard copy versions of the dissertation as soon as they are submitted to the Dissertation Submission Office. The dissertation will be sent to the reader’s mailing address as supplied by the department. Each reader will receive a special email notification that the dissertation has been submitted and a link to access the web-based Online Reader’s Report (ORR).
Readers are expected to submit their reports within 30 days of receipt of the email from the Dissertation Submission Office.
Each department controls the distribution of completed reader’s reports to their students directly. Inquire directly with your department for further information.
Should a reader indicate that a dissertation contains significant errors in typing, grammar, spelling, reference citations, or other textual matters, the student will be required to revise the dissertation by a date provided by the registrar. Corrected pages or a new unbound copy of the dissertation must be submitted to the Graduate School, as well as a letter from the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) indicating that the student has addressed the readers’ concerns, before the dissertation can be recommended for a degree. In the event that a dissertation is evaluated as failing, departmental practice determines the number of reevaluations normally permitted.