Applying for Admission

Important Information for Applicants 

  • The deadline for graduate program applications is Dec. 1st
  • Applicants invited to be interviewed will be notified by mid-January. Interviews will be held on Jan. 30, 2017.

Completed applications should be received at Yale by Dec. 1st. An official record of Verbal and Quantitative scores on the GRE Aptitude Test is required as part of the application [NOTE: the GRE Subject Test is not required], and three letters of recommendation. An official grade transcript is neither required nor necessary for the review of your application. A record of your academic performance (“unofficial transcript”) is required and should be “uploaded” to your on-line application. Students also are encouraged to submit samples of their research work. It is especially advisable to begin the application process early, and to take particular notice of the dates for administration of the Graduate Record Examination at or near the applicant’s institution or home. A common problem in reviewing applications is that some are incomplete in some respect at the time the review begins and are therefore temporarily set aside. If these applications remain incomplete, they may never be reviewed by the departmental admissions committee. Accordingly, it is important to allow sufficient time for the independent information (transcripts, letters, GRE scores) to arrive at Yale in time to be processed. 

Applicants cannot apply to work with faculty who are not listed as primary faculty in the department. Because of the emphasis on close contact with faculty members in research, as well as effective student participation in small class groups, only about fifteen new students out of about seven hundred applicants can be admitted each year. Applicants should realize that the total number of applicants is many times larger than the number that can be admitted, so the competition for admission is very keen. Potential applicants for the Clinical Psychology program should be advised that admission to that program is especially competitive and that in recent years only about four out of approximately three hundred sixty applicants have gained admission to the program. A fine academic record, strong GRE scores, and evidence of research experience and potential are weighed together in the admission decision process.

Please address all questions to Lauretta Olivi.

To apply:
Online Application to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

By filling out the form supplied in the Graduate School application, applicants will automatically be considered for all Yale financial awards for which they are eligible. A complete Bulletin of the Graduate School, which describes all graduate programs and provides general information, is available from the Admissions Office.