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A statement of purpose is required of all applicants. The statement of purpose prompt for the 2019-2020 application is as follows: 

All applicants (except those applying to Biological and Biomedical Sciences): 

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.

Applicants to Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS), only:

Your statement of purpose will aid the admissions committee in evaluating your application. Please succinctly respond in 500-1000 words by dividing your statement into the following 4 sections, with approximately 250 words or fewer per section. Use the bolded headings to divide your statement.

1) Motivation. Discuss your motivation for conducting research in your proposed field of study, and describe your career aspirations.

2) Research experience. Describe your research experience and explain how it prepares you for doctoral study.

3) Initiative. Explain how you have taken initiative on a research project, academic endeavor, or employment responsibility.

4) Challenges. Describe any challenges you have faced personally, in your research, or in prior employment and how you addressed them.

There are two ways to determine if a writing sample is required for the program to which you are applying:

  • The first is through the program’s website
  • The second way is from within the online application. Once you have selected your program of study, if a writing sample is required, you will not be able to submit your application until one has been uploaded to your application. 

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. 

  • Applicants submit one application to the Graduate School and indicate that they wish to be considered for both programs. 
  • Certain programs (African American Studies, Film Studies, and Renaissance Studies) are mandatory combined degrees and applicants must indicate on their application with which department/program at the Graduate School they wish to be combined. 
  • Other departments/programs at the Graduate School can be combined, but do not have to be. Additionally, some departments and programs may not be combined. 
  • Refer to the Department and Program listing for complete information.

No. 

  • An application may be made to only one department or program at the Graduate School per term.
  • There are, however, a number of programs that permit you to apply as a combined degree applicant using a single application.
  • An application to African American Studies, Film Studies, Renaissance Studies, requires you to apply as a combined degree applicant.
  • To determine combined degree program options please refer to our list of Departments and Programs:
    1. Select your program.
    2. Click on the link to the bulletin and look for combined Ph.D. programs.

Before You Submit Your Application

You will see the status of these materials within the “Test Scores” or “Recommendations” tab of your application. You do not need to delay submitting your application because of pending letters of recommendation or pending official test scores. It is acceptable for letters of recommendation and official test scores to arrive after you submit your application, and up to a few days after the application deadline.
 

After You Submit Your Application

Upon submitting your application and after paying your application fee, you will use your Application Status Portal to check for the receipt of official test scores or letters of recommendation.
All materials in support of your application must be uploaded to your application prior to submission. 
 
If you have materials such as books, manuscripts, CDs, or sheet music that you consider essential in support of your application, you should extract a sample and upload that sample to your online application. Do not mail any materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions or to your designated program, as any such materials will be discarded. 

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. 

Beginning December 15, you may report or upload a copy of your fall grades via your Application Status Portal. This is for Ph.D. and Master’s Degree applicants only and will be available until March 1. 

Do not mail any materials to us. 

You should submit a new application, including all required materials, new letters of recommendation, and payment for the application fee. If you previously sent official test scores to the Graduate School, you do not need to send them again. 
 
Please note that applicants who have been previously denied admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences three times may not apply again.

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 graduate.admissions@yale.edu.

Yes, but you should make every effort to have your standardized test scores released to us as soon as possible.

  • Please bear in mind that faculty can begin reviewing applications following the deadline of your program.
  • While they may have self-reported scores (that you entered in your application), no formal decision can be made until official scores are received.
  • Official score records received after the deadline will still be provided to the program.

Please notify us of the mistake by emailing us at graduate.admissions@yale.edu 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. 

If you have tried a different browser already, you might then try using VPN, a different network, a different computer, or a smart phone to access the website. In some isolated cases, local networks appear to be blocking access to the application website, but using a different network or phone should resolve the issue.

Documents uploaded to your application may not exceed 16MB max. Reduce the size of your document and try uploading it again. 

If you are experiencing a technical issue with the application, we suggest trying a different browser, such as Google Chrome or Firefox.

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.