Yale awarded the first Ph.D. degrees in the United States.
Some Ph.D. and Master’s applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. GRE exceptions or substitutions are only allowed for the programs as listed on our Standardized Testing Requirements page. No other exceptions or substitutions are permitted.
GRE exceptions or substitutions are only allowed for the programs as listed on our Standardized Testing Requirements page. No other exceptions or substitutions are permitted.
No. Applicants whose native language is not English must take either the TOEFL or IELTS. Applicants who have or will receive an undergraduate degree prior to matriculation at Yale, from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction are exempt. Applicants must have studied in residence at the baccalaureate institution for at least three (3) years to qualify.
No exemptions are made on the basis of an advanced degree (e.g. M.A./M.S. or Ph.D.) from any institution.
Please submit your official scores to us as soon as possible, perhaps even before starting or submitting your application. When we receive your scores, we will store them in our database and they will match with your application when you apply.
Once your scores expire you will not be able submit official scores and you may have to re-take the examination.
If, at the time of application, your GRE scores will be more than 5 years old you will need to retake the GRE. Although GMAT scores are available for reporting for up to 10 years, they remain valid for only 5 years. Submitting invalid scores may reduce your chances of admissions.
Although the Graduate School does not have set test minimums for admission, individual departments and programs use test scores as a part of their holistic review of your application. Some departments or programs may have minimum score levels. If minimum score levels exist for your program, it will be reflected on the program’s website. See Programs and Departments for a website link to your program of interest.
Although the Graduate School does not have set test minimums for admission, individual departments use these test scores as part of their holistic review of your application. Please check with the department to which you are applying to see if they have a minimum requirement. The Graduate School does require incoming doctoral students who received a score of 25 or below on the TOEFL Speaking section or a 7.5 or below on IELTS Speaking section to participate in a Summer English Language program at Yale in August prior to matriculation. These students are required to demonstrate English proficiency before they are permitted to teach.
No, it is not necessary to select a department or program code when sending your scores. It is sufficient to select institution code 3987 for the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Science when sending GRE/TOEFL scores. If you have already selected a department or program code by mistake, don’t worry. We will still receive your scores, typically within 7-10 business days.
Yes. When you fill out an application for admission, you must self-report your required test results in the Test Scores section of the application. However, you may also input any future test dates as well. If you have not taken a required test yet, inputting a future test date will allow you to submit the application.
If you have not yet taken a test that is required, you should register for the test as soon as possible and enter your future test date on the application. Be sure that your official scores are sent to Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (see Required Examinations) and your scores will match with your application when they arrive. You should take any required testing as soon as possible to ensure ample time for your official scores to arrive, but you do not need to have test results in hand in order to submit your application.
Programs will be able to see all scores that you have self-reported in your application or sent officially.
Individual departments or program practices may differ in how GRE scores are evaluated, so it will be best to check with your program of interest for how scores are used in the evaluation process.
When self-reporting (unofficial) scores within the online application, you should not mix scores from different test dates.
Yes. If you are applying to a program where GRE scores are optional, and you choose to self-report your GRE scores in the application, you will be required to also submit official test results for verification purposes. Please be sure to submit your official scores before they expire, since you will not be able to submit them upon expiration and you may be required to re-test. If you chose not to submit GRE scores for a program where GRE scores are optional, official scores will not be required.
Yes. If you wish to send us “MyBest Scores”, we will accept them. All TOEFL scores we receive will be made available to the program reviewing your application. The program may decide how they wish to evaluate the scores provided.
If no other option is available, you may send official scores from the GRE® General Test at Home and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition. Please follow the instructions on our Standardized Testing Requirements page when sending your scores.
No. If you are required to take English language test, please take either the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic.