Yale awarded the first Ph.D. degrees in the United States.
A statement of purpose is required of all applicants. The statement of purpose prompt for the 2020-2021 application is as follows:
Please upload a statement of 500-1,000 words explaining why you are applying to Yale for graduate study. Describe your research interests and preparation for your intended field(s) of study, including prior research and other relevant experiences. Relate how the faculty, research, and resources at Yale would contribute to your future goals.
Your statement of purpose will aid the admissions committee in evaluating your application. Succinctly respond in 500-1000 words. Please discuss your motivation for conducting research, provide a detailed summary of your research experience and how it prepares you for doctoral study, and include how you have taken initiative on a research project, academic endeavor, or employment responsibility. Finally, please describe your career aspirations.
Please upload a statement of 500-1,000 words explaining why you are applying to Yale for graduate study. Describe your interest and experience in global affairs, and the subject areas in which you will focus at Jackson. Please include how relevant professional, academic, and/or personal experiences have shaped your specific areas of interest and your future career goals.
There are two ways to determine if a writing sample is required for the program to which you are applying:
You may upload a revised statement of purpose, resume, or supplemental materials via your Status Portal.
Some departments and programs offer a joint degree between the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and one of Yale’s professional schools. If you apply for a joint degree you must submit an application to both the professional school and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
A combined degree is between two departments or programs, both within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Some programs and departments at the Graduate School offer specific fields of study, however, not all of them require you to choose one when you submit your application.
If you are applying to a program that does not require subfields, you may wish to indicate your interest in a specific field of study in your statement of purpose.
All materials for your application must be uploaded to your application. Do not mail anything to us as it will not be included in your application for review by faculty.
Yes. You may withdraw your application prior to receiving an admissions decision, however, please note that application fees are non-refundable. To withdraw your application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, but you should make every effort to have your standardized test scores released to us as soon as possible.
Please notify us of the mistake by emailing us at email@example.com and we will withdraw your application to the Graduate School. You will need to submit a new application to the Yale school you wish to apply to. Unfortunately, we are unable to transfer any application materials, such as writing samples, letters of recommendation, test scores, etc. If an application was submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences when intended for another school of the university, and you have already submitted an application to that school, we can refund your Graduate School application fee (as long as an admissions decision has not been released yet by the Graduate School).
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If you continue to experience issues, please email Graduate Admissions.
A duplicate application occurs when you have previously created an application account and then mistakenly create another using modified credentials.
Duplicate applications are not permitted and we will systematically consolidate duplicate accounts.