Deadlines and Eligibility

Program Eligibility

Application deadlines are the same for both international and domestic applicants. Please review the program eligibility below; candidates must meet the following criteria by the time classes begin at Yale School of Nursing:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) Program: November 1
Have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s level degree. This program is specifically designed for students with a non-nursing academic/professional background.

MSN for Registered Nurse (RN) Program: February 1
Have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s level degree and be a licensed Registered Nurse in at least one U.S. state. International nurses may be required to have their nursing credentials evaluated and approved by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (see below for more information) before they are eligible to be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States.

Post-Master’s Certificate: February 1 
Have the equivalent of a U.S. master’s degree in nursing (with a clinical specialization), be licensed to practice nursing in at least one U.S. state, and have at least one year of clinical post-master’s nursing experience.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program:  May 15
Have the equivalent of a U.S. master’s degree in nursing and a U.S. RN license.

Doctor of Philosophy Program (PhD): January 2
Have the equivalent of a U.S. master’s degree in nursing, or an equivalent degree with other nursing experience (for example, U.S. RN licensure and a master of public health). Please visit Yale University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website for more information and application requirements.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program: March 15
Have the equivalent of a U.S. doctoral degree in nursing.

How to Apply

Application instructions are virtually the same for both domestic and international applicants. Please review the application instructions for your intended degree program carefully by visiting the How to Apply webpage.

International transcripts must be evaluated by a credentialing agency such as World Education Service or Educational Credential Evaluators. In addition, a certified English translation must accompany all non-English transcripts.