Required Exams

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

YSN’s GRE code is 3998.

All applicants for admission to the master’s level programs are required to take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations. Those who have already taken the test must submit transcripts of their scores with their applications. Scores that are more than five years old are not acceptable. Those who have not taken the test should arrange to do so before the November 1 or March 1 deadlines.

Computer-based testing has replaced paper-based examinations in most countries and can be scheduled year-round. It typically takes two weeks from the date of administration for the official transcript of GRE scores to reach YSN. Paper-based examination score reports typically take two months to reach YSN. Prompt arrangements for taking this examination should be made in order to meet the application deadlines.

The GRE requirement cannot be waived based on prior GPA or academic performance. However, individuals holding an advanced degree with a thesis/dissertation or scholarly published articles may petition for a GRE waiver. Please contact the Office of Admissions for details.

English as a Second Language

All applicants to the GEPN, MSN, and Post-MSN programs whose native/primary language is other than English must have their English language skills evaluated. This requirement cannot be waived based on college or university attendance in the United States or other English-speaking country.

The following examinations are accepted by YSN:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Minimum Required Score: Total = 100/120
Minimum section scores: Reading = 22/30, Listening = 22/30, Writing = 22/30, Speaking = 24/30

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Minimum Required Score: Band 7.0/9.0, with no section score below Band 6.5/9.0

It typically takes a month from the date of administration for the official transcript of scores to reach YSN. Prompt arrangements for taking an English examination should be made in order to meet the application deadlines.

Applicants to the PhD program should visit Yale University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website for more information on English tests and requirements.

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Examination

Prior to enrolling in the School, graduates of foreign schools of nursing must pass the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools examination, as well as the NCLEX-RN examination in order to become a registered nurse (RN) in the United States. Several states, however, do not require successful completion of the CGFNS examination in order to sit the NCLEX-RN. Information on the CGFNS examination can be obtained from either the United States Embassy or the nurses’ association in the foreign country of residence.

Graduates of foreign schools of nursing admitted to the program must pass the NCLEX-RN by November 1 of their first year. Students who have not passed the NCLEX-RN by this time may be required to withdraw or take a leave of absence and will be required to make individual arrangements for completion of the specialty requirements after receiving a passing grade on the NCLEX-RN. Please allow several months to complete the CGFNS & NCLEX-RN process.