Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Yale School of Nursing


International Students

Admissions Requirements for International Students

About 2% of the Yale School of Nursing student body comes from abroad. The most common countries are Canada, China and Korea.

Deadlines and Eligibility:

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

  • MSN for GEPN: November 1
    Have the equivalent of a US bachelor’s level degree. This program is specifically designed for students with a        non-nursing academic/professional background.
  • MSN for RNs: February 1
    Have the equivalent of a US bachelor’s level degree and be a licensed Registered Nurse in at least one US 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 US.
  • Post-MSN Certificate: February 1 
    Have the equivalent of a US master’s degree in nursing (with a clinical specialization), be licensed to practice nursing in at least one US state, and have at least one year of clinical post-master’s nursing experience.
  • DNP Program: February 1
    Have the equivalent of a US master's degree in nursing and a US RN license.
  • PhD in Nursing: January 2
    Have the equivalent of a US master’s degree in nursing, or an equivalent degree with other nursing experience (for example, US RN licensure and a MPH).  Please visit: www.yale.edu/graduateschool for more information and application requirements.
  • Post-doc in Nursing: March 15
    Have the equivalent of a US doctoral degree in nursing.

Application instuctions are virtually the same for both domestic and international applicants.  Please review the application instructions for your intended degree program carefully. 

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.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
YSN's GRE code is 3998.

All applicants for admission to the masters level programs are required to take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (www.gre.org). 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 the 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.

YSN Admissions Contact

Melissa Pucci
Director, Admissions

Financial Aid Information for International Students

Admissions to YSN is need-blind, therefore an application for financial aid will have no bearing on the Admissions Committee's decisions. To be considered for financial aid, international students must School of Nursing Financial Aid Application which is available from the School's Financial Aid Office.

Online resources:

Most international students receive funding from their government, employer or an international agency. For a list of websites to search and agencies to contact, go to: Financial Aid Sources for International Students in Nursing. If you do not have access to the web, contact the Financial Aid office.

YSN Financial Aid Contact


The Yale Office of International Students and Scholars

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) coordinates services and support to Yale's international students, faculty, staff, and their dependents. OISS staff can provide assistance with employment, immigration, personal and cultural adjustment, and family and financial matters, as well as serve as a source of general information about living at Yale and in New Haven.

In addition, as Yale University's representative for immigration concerns, OISS provides information and assistance to students, staff, and faculty on how to obtain and maintain legal status in the United States. OISS issues the visa documents needed to request entry into the United States under Yale's immigration sponsorship and processes requests for extensions of authorized periods of stay in the United States, school transfers, and employment authorization. As U.S. immigration regulations are complex and change rather frequently, we urge international students and scholars to visit the office and check the website for the most recent updates.

All international students and scholars must register with OISS as soon as they arrive at Yale, at which time OISS will provide information about orientation activities for newly arrived students, scholars, and family members. OISS programs, like the monthly international coffee hours, English conversation programs, and orientation receptions for newly arrived graduate students and postdocs, provide an opportunity to meet members of Yale's international community and become acquainted with the many resources of Yale University and New Haven.