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Prospective Students

Welcome to the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the oldest Ph.D.-granting institution in the United States. The Graduate School is the heart of the scholarly enterprise at one of the world’s premier universities.

Although I earned my own Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, I conducted my dissertation research at Yale and was delighted to return as a member of the faculty. Over the years, I have directed Yale’s Combined Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, taught genetics, cell biology, and developmental biology, advised students, and run my own research laboratory. I have come to know the Graduate School very well and am honored to serve as its dean.

Yale has extraordinary libraries, laboratories, and cultural resources as well as a wonderful and devoted faculty. We encourage graduate students to take advantage of our rich intellectual environment. Our host city, New Haven, is a great place to live and work, with affordable nearby residential neighborhoods, lively community events, and a wide selection of restaurants, shops, and markets. I encourage you to apply to Yale for your graduate studies, and I wish you the very best as you pursue your goals, wherever they may take you.


Lynn Cooley

Dean, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
C. N. H. Long Professor of Genetics, Professor of Cell Biology and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology