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


Post Master's Certificates

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Requirements for admission include current Connecticut R.N. licensure, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a master’s degree in nursing in a clinical specialty area, and at least one year of post master’s clinical nursing experience (preferred).

The Post-M.S.N. admissions application is a paper application form only. Application information can be found by visiting our admissions page.

The following materials are required:

  1. Online Application form
  2. Nonrefundable application fee ($100) (Note: The application fee is waived for current YSN students.)
  3. Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
  4. Personal statement/essay
  5. Official transcript from your Master’s in Nursing program (Note: Applicants with an international degree transcript must submit a course-by-course evaluation conducted by a credentialing agency such as www.wes.org or www.ece.org. In addition, a certified English translation must accompany all non-English transcripts.)
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. TOEFL or IETLS (see below for additional information)

The deadline for Post-M.S.N. applicants is February 1. All application materials must be received by the YSN Office of Admissions no later than February 1.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are received by the Office of Admissions in a timely manner. Materials must be received by the appropriate deadline.

Following the initial review of written credentials, qualified applicants are asked to come to the School for an interview between the months of February and April. When distance presents a hardship, candidates are able to arrange a telephone interview.

English as a Foreign Language

Applicants whose native/primary language is other than English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as one of the admission requirements. This requirement cannot be waived based on college or university attendance in the United States or other English-speaking country. The following scores are required for admission to the Post-MSN program:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score: 100/120 total, with minimum section scores of Reading, 22/30; Listening, 22/30; Writing, 22/30; and Speaking, 24/30.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum score: Band 7.0/9.0 total, with no section score below Band 6.5/9.0.

Arrangements to take the TOEFL must be made online at www.toefl.org; by contacting TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6155, Princeton NJ 08541-6155, U.S.A.; or by telephoning 609.921.9000.

Arrangements to take the academic IELTS must be made online at www.ielts.org.

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