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Admission to the Graduate School

Welcome! We are delighted that you are interested in the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Yale has all the strengths of a large university, with a wide array of outstanding resources, while offering the kind of community characteristic of much smaller schools. Each department brings together distinguished faculty members and talented students who share a common passion for their fields. Yale’s student population is truly diverse, coming from every state in the United States and from around the world. As you explore our website, we hope you find the information you need to assist you with starting your application.

An Overview of Our Admissions Process

At the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the admissions process operates slightly differently from what you may have experienced at the undergraduate level. At the Graduate School, the admissions office maintains the application, the application process, and other administrative transactions, but the admissions staff do not review applications or make admissions decisions. Instead, each department or program convenes a faculty admissions committee to evaluate applications. After reviewing the application materials, the program’s admissions committee, typically led by the respective Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Director of Graduate Admissions (DGA), will recommend students for admission to the Graduate School. Once confirmed by the deans of the Graduate School, the admissions office releases final decisions to applicants. 

If you have transactional questions about the application that are not otherwise answered on this website, please feel free to contact us in the admissions office. However, if you have questions about how an application will be evaluated, and criteria for being considered competitive for admission, please direct your inquiries to the program DGS or program registrar, since each program evaluates applications differently and independently.

General Information for All Applicants

As you prepare your application, here is some information that may helpful to keep in mind:

  • Applications for admission to the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for all degree and non-degree programs are only available online.

  • All documents in support of your application, including all required materials such as your personal statement of purpose and transcripts, must be uploaded to your application. No materials should be mailed to the Graduate School or to your designated program of study.

  • Recommenders submit their letters of recommendation for you online. Once you enter the recommenders’ name and contact information on your application, they will receive an email with instructions for submitting their letters of recommendation.

  • Both upon starting an application and after submitting your application, you will be able to see the receipt of official test scores and recommendations.

  • All submitted applications become available to your designated program for review after the deadline of your program.

  • All are welcome to apply, without regard to citizenship or immigration status.

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