Are you thinking about applying to a Yale graduate school program? How confident are you about being accepted into the program?

This short guide will walk you through some of the most important aspects of applying to grad school at Yale, including:

  • Yale graduate school admissions requirements
  • Average GRE, GMAT, LSAT scores for Yale grad programs
  • Minimum GPA for Yale grad programs
  • Acceptance rates for Yale graduate school programs
  • Other important Yale grad school admissions statistics

Let’s get into it.

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Yale Graduate School

Yale University is somewhat strange in that there are more graduate students enrolled at Yale than undergraduate. In 2017, Yale enrolled ~5,500 undergraduate students vs ~6,900 graduate students.

The graduate programs at Yale are also some of the most competitive programs in the world. For PhD program applications in Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, only 12% of applicants were accepted in 2017. Out of those students admitted, only ~43% of them end up finishing the program and matriculating.

In U.S. New’s 2019 rankings, Yale is ranked in the top ten graduate programs for

  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science

If you find this article interesting, then you should check out our article on the grad school admissions requirements for UCLA.

Yale Admissions Statistics – How Hard is It to Get into Yale?

According to most of the Yale Admissions departments, they do not have score cutoffs for standardized tests. However, their admissions statistics show that your scores will need to be very competitive for you to have a chance of getting into a Yale graduate school program.

Most of Yale’s programs don’t explicitly list their GRE/GMAT statistics. The information below was compiled by compiled by Magoosh, a company who offers online standardized test prep programs (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc) as a service. You can read about their methodology for determining these score ranges on their website.

Average GRE Scores for Yale

Statistics compiled on Magoosh’s GRE Blog.

Yale Graduate School Acceptance Rate

You Can Make it!

The acceptance rate for Yale’s graduate programs does vary.

Some of Yale’s graduate programs publish class profiles that include acceptance rates and standardized test score statistics. We have included some of those statistics below.

Yale Law School – Class of 2020

Total applications: 2,938
Total students admitted: 246 admissions
Yale Law School Acceptance Rate: 8.4%

Median GPA: 3.91
Low GPA: 3.42
High GPA: 4.21

Median LSAT Score: 173
Low LSAT Score: 156
High LSAT Score: 180

Yale Business School – MBA Program Class of 2020

Total applications: 4,098
Total students enrolled: 347
Yale MBA Program Acceptance Rate: 8.5%

Median GPA: 3.71
Low GPA (bottom 10%): 3.36
High GPA (top 10%): 3.92

Median GMAT Score: 730
Low GMAT Score (bottom 10%): 690
High GMAT Score (top 10%): 760

Median GRE-V Score: 165
Low GRE-V Score (bottom 10%): 159
High GRE-V Score (top 10%): 170

Yale School of Medicine – Physician Associate Program Class of 2020

Total applications: 1,105
Total students admitted: 40 admissions
Yale School of Medicine Acceptance Rate: 3.6%

Average GPA: 3.72
Low GPA: 3.29
High GPA: 4.00

Mean GRE Verbal Percentile: 72
Mean GRE Quantitative Percentile: 84
Mean GRE Analytical Percentile: 79

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies – Incoming 2018 Class

Average GPA: 3.60

Average GRE Verbal Score: 161
Average GRE Quantitative Score: 157
Average GRE Writing Score: 4.5

Average GMAT Verbal Score: 44
Average GMAT Quantitative Score: 46
Average GMAT Writing Score: 5.8
Average GMAT Total Score: 729,

Average LSAT Score: 162

Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Median GPA: 3.7
Median GRE Score: 163
Median GRE Verbal Score: 165
Median GRE Quantitative Score: 161

Yale Graduate School Application Requirements

Yale Application Requirements

The application process for graduate school can be somewhat confusing. To help clear things up, we have compiled the requirements for several Yale graduate school applications below.

Application Requirements for the Yale Law School Juris Doctor Program

Your first step when applying to Yale Law School is to create an account with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Instead of sending your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other credentials directly to Yale Law School, you will be sending those one time to CAS. Then you can apply to Yale and other law programs without having to resend everything.

To open an account with CAS, you will need to pay a setup fee of $195.00.

You will be sending the following documents to CAS:

  • Undergraduate, graduate, professional, and law school transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • LSAT results
  • Your resume
  • Essay and personal statement (250 words)
  • Completed Yale application
  • The $85 application fee required by the Yale Law admissions department
  • An additional $45 to send your CAS law school report to Yale

Application Timeline for the Yale Law School Juris Doctor Program

What is the easiest and surest way to not be accepted to the Juris Doctor program? Submit part of your application after a deadline.

To help you avoid that possibility, we have listed the critical Yale Law School application deadlines below.

The Law School program begins in August, but the application process opens up the previous fall.

  • October – Application opens up in LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
  • January 26th – Last possible LSAT date for the same year program
  • February 28th – Last date that the completed law school application is accepted for the same year program.
  • March 15th – Financial aid application deadline
  • May 1st – Deadline for deposits

Most Yale Law School application decisions are made in middle to late April.

Further Information for Applying to Yale Law School

Everything you need to know about the application process can be found on the Yale Law Admissions webpage here.

You can find answers to common questions and common application mistakes to avoid in the Ask Asha section. Former Dean Asha Rangappa has created a series of blog articles and videos to answer your questions.

If you have already applied to the program, you can check your Yale application status for the Law School program on the LSAC website. Your account page will list which law schools have downloaded your application for review.

Application Requirements for the Yale MBA Program

To apply to the Yale School of Management’s MBA program, you will submit the following documents:

  • A completed Yale MBA application
  • Your resume
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from each college or university you previously attended
  • Your GMAT/GRE score report
  • Answer a series of questions on live video, using a computer webcam
  • A 500 word essay response
  • The Yale MBA application fee (between $125 and $250 depending on your income level)

Application Timeline for the Yale MBA Program

Yale’s MBA program has a series of “rounds” for application with individual deadlines. The advantage of applying in an earlier round is that your application decision will be earlier.

  • September 12th – Deadline for round 1 applications – decision by December 5th
  • January 7th – Deadline for round 2 applications – decision by April 2nd
  • April 16th – Deadline for round 3 applications – decision by May 21st

Additional Information for Applying to the Yale MBA Program

You can get more information and find answers to frequently asked questions on the Yale MBA Admissions webpage here.

If you have already applied to the program, you can check the status of your application by logging into the account you created when you first filled out the application.

Application Requirements for Yale Medical School

Your first step when applying to Yale School of Medicine for the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program will be to complete the AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) application.The AMCAS is a general medical school application that allows you to apply to multiple medical school programs. For your AMCAS application, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • A Premedical Committee letter or three individual letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from each college or university you previously attended
  • Your MCAT score report
  • A personal comments essay – 5,300 characters maximum
  • A $170 AMCAS application fee

Within one week of submitting your AMCAS application, you should receive an email from Yale Medical School with a secondary application to complete.

Application Timeline for Yale Medical School M.D. Program

  • October 15th – AMCAS application deadline
  • November 15th – Yale secondary application deadline
  • November 15th – Deadline for letters of recommendation and other supporting materials
  • March 15th – Decision notification deadline for Yale Medical School applicants

Further Information for Applying to Yale Medical School

You can find more information on the Yale Medical School Admissions webpage here. The website also lists a series of application tips and FAQs.

If you have already applied to the program, you can check your Yale application status for the M.D. program on the Yale Secondary Application webpage, which was emailed to you when you were invited to complete the application. After you log into that webpage, you will see a tab labeled “Status” with more information.

Application Requirements for the Yale Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN)

To apply to the Yale GEPN program, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • A completed Yale GEPN application
  • Your resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from each college or university you previously attended
  • Your GRE score report
  • One 400-600 word essay
  • Two 150-300 short answer responses
  • The $100 Yale GEPN application fee

Application Timeline for the Yale GEPN Program

The deadlines for the GEPN program are very early compared to other graduate school applications. Make sure you don’t miss a deadline and delay your application for an entire year!

  • July 1st – Application opens for next year’s fall program
  • First week in September – Deadline to take the GRE test so that your scores will arrive by the application deadline. Sending your scores can take two weeks, so leaving more time as a cushion before the application deadline would be even better.
  • October 1st – Last date that your application will be accepted for the following year’s program
  • February 1st – Financial aid application deadline

More Information for Applying to the Yale GEPN Program

You can find more information and FAQS on Yale’s GEPN Admissions page.

If you have already applied to the program, you can check your application status for the Yale GEPN program by logging into the account you set up when you submitted the application.


Applying to a Yale graduate school program is daunting. Most of Yale’s programs are very competitive.

This guide walked you through the application process, average test scores and GPAs, and acceptance rates for some of Yale’s graduate program applications.

I hope you feel more clear on what the application process will look like and how likely it is that you will be accepted.

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