Yale awarded the first Ph.D. degrees in the United States.
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The GRE is required for some degree programs at the Graduate School. Please look below to see if your program requires it.
• Required = You must submit GRE General Test results.
• Optional = You may submit GRE General Test results, if you wish. If you choose to submit scores, you must follow up any self-reported scores with official test results.
• Not Accepted = Do not submit GRE General Test results. GRE General Test scores will not be considered when applications are reviewed. If you submit scores, they will not be reviewed.
Test requirements below are for the 2021-2022 application cycle.
Last updated July 1, 2021.
|Program||Is the GRE General Test Required?|
|African American Studies*||Optional|
|African Studies||Not Accepted|
|American Studies*||Not Accepted|
|Applied Physics||Required; Physics Subject Test - Optional|
|Astronomy||Not Accepted; Physics Subject Test - Not Accepted|
|Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS)||Not Accepted|
|Chemical and Environmental Engineering||Optional|
|Chemistry||Recommended; Chemistry Subject Test Recommended|
|Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (BBS)||Not Accepted|
Ph.D. - Not Accepted
M.S. - Required
|Earth and Planetary Sciences||Optional|
|East Asian Languages and Literatures*||Required|
|East Asian Studies||Required|
|Ecology and Evolutionary Biology||Not Accepted|
|English Language and Literature*||Optional|
Please check the program website for more information.
|European and Russian Studies||Not Accepted|
|Film and Media Studies*||Required|
|Germanic Languages and Literatures*||Not Accepted|
|Global Affairs||Required for MA degree; Optional for MAS degree|
|History of Art*||Not Accepted|
|History of Science and Medicine*||Optional|
|Immunology (BBS)||Not Accepted|
|International and Development Economics||Required|
|Investigative Medicine||MCAT is Optional; GRE is not Required|
|Management||Required; GMAT is an acceptable substitute|
|Mathematics||Optional; Mathematics Subject Test Optional|
|Medieval Studies||Not Accepted|
|Microbiology (BBS)||Not Accepted|
|Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics, and Development (BBS)||Not Accepted|
|Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology and Physiology (BBS)||Not Accepted|
|Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations||Required|
|Neuroscience (BBS)||Not Accepted|
|Physics||Not Accepted; GRE Subject Test in Physics - Not Accepted|
|Plant Molecular Biology (BBS)||Not Accepted|
Not Accepted for:
Either GRE or MCAT is required for:
|Religious Studies*||Not Accepted|
|Slavic Languages and Literatures*||Required|
|Spanish and Portuguese*||Not Accepted|
|Statistics||Optional; Mathematics Subject Test Optional|
|Statistics and Data Science*||Optional; Mathematics Subject Test Optional|
|Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies*||Optional|
*Applicants to a combined degree program should consult both programs' admissions requirements and submit scores if either of the two programs require the GRE General Test and/or Subject Tests.
**This program (Renaissance Studies) is not accepting applications for admission during the 2021-2022 application cycle.
Official GRE scores must be sent to Yale University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, directly from ETS.
The Educational Testing Service administers the GRE in the United States and abroad. For details and registration forms, visit their site at www.ets.org.
TOEFL or IELTS is required of most applicants whose native language is not English.
If you have received (or will receive) an undergraduate degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction, and if you have studied in residence at that institution for at least three years, you are exempt from the English Language Test requirement and are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS.
No exemptions are made on the basis of an advanced degree (e.g. M.A./M.S. or Ph.D.) from any institution.
When you complete your application, you will answer questions about your native language and the primary language of instruction at your baccalaureate institution. If either was English, you will not be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores when you submit your application. No separate documentation is necessary.
Official TOEFL iBT scores may be used to fulfill the English Language Test requirement.
The Educational Testing Service administers the TOEFL in the United States and abroad. For details and registration forms, visit their site at www.ets.org.
Official IELTS Academic scores may be used to fulfill the English Language Test requirement.
For more information and to register for the test, please visit www.ielts.org
The General Management Admission Test (GMAT) is acceptable in lieu of the GRE for applicants to Ph.D. program in Management.