Prospective Students

Visiting Days: February 27-29 and March 5-7, 2020


Fall 2020 Application Information

We appreciate your interest in pursuing doctoral studies in Chemistry at Yale University. Below, please find information regarding application deadlines and requirements.

Program Information

Please see the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Programs and Policies webpage for more information on the Chemistry graduate program.

Application Requirements

The 2020 application for graduate admission to the Department of Chemistry is electronic. The application is available from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website. The deadline for submitting the application is December 1, 2019. The deadline for supplemental information (transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores, three letters of recommendation, personal statement of purpose) is also December 1, 2019.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

The GRE General test is required of all applicants to the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Scores for this examination must be officially released to Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, institution code 3987. The Chemistry Subject GRE is optional, but strongly recommended.  Students from the USA with financial need can apply for the GRE Fee Reduction Program or request a Fee Reduction Voucher from the Graduate Registrar at


A record of your academic performance is required for each institution you list in the Prior Study section of the application. This academic record (a scanned copy of a transcript from the institution’s Student Information System Portal, an “issued to student” transcript, or a certified electronic transcript in PDF form) must be uploaded to your online application.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation (minimum) are required. The online application allows you to identify your recommenders. Then, the system emails your recommenders with access information.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores from this examination must be officially released to Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (ETS code 3987). Paper copies are not acceptable and scores released to other schools of Yale University cannot be transferred to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The requirement for the TOEFL can be waived only for applicants who will have received a baccalaureate degree, or its foreign equivalent, prior to matriculation at Yale, from a university or college where English is the primary language of instruction. Applicants must have studied in residence at the baccalaureate institution for at least three years to receive the waiver.

Admissions Decisions and Campus Visit

Applicants are typically notified of decisions regarding their applications during the months of February and March. Official notification that a decision has been made is by email from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences only. Actual decisions are posted within the online application only. Official campus visits for accepted students are held in March. An invitation to attend one of our Visiting Days will be sent to all accepted students. View a typical schedule for Visiting Days.