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Nursing students


Thank you for your interest in graduate study at the Yale School of Nursing. Our application for Fall 2024 admission to our on-campus programs is available thorough NursingCAS.

The application for Spring 2024 admission to our Online MSN in Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP) is available at this link.  

How to Apply 

All YSN applicants must submit and complete an online application and pay a non-refundable application fee - $100 for Online MSN/Spring 2024 entry, $80 for NursingCAS application.  In addition to the online application, the following elements of a complete application are required: 

Current resume/CV
Three letters of recommendation submitted electronically through the application system
Official copies of transcripts for any postsecondary institutions attended and/or WES evaluation of coursework taken outside the US or Canada
English language proficiency exam results (TOEFL or IELTS) for all applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
An integrated and comprehensive essay and 2-6 short answer essays (prompts to essay questions and short answer essays are available in the application portal)
GRE exam results if applicable (see below for further information)

Application Deadlines 

YSN in-person programs only enrolls new students for the fall term, the online MSN PMHNP enrolls students each fall, spring, and summer.  Please note that the online application and all required supporting materials should be received on or before the deadline specified below.  Applications will not be reviewed until all required materials are received.

Program Fall 2024 Priority Application Deadlines
Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN)  1-Nov
On-Campus Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 1-Nov
Online MS in Nursing (MSN-PMHNP) 28-Feb (Summer), 25-May (Fall), 15-Sept (Spring)
Post-Master’s Certificates (PMC) 1-Nov
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


GRE & GPA Requirements for Master’s Programs

In order to be eligible to apply to any YSN master’s level program, applicants must either have (1) a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in their bachelor’s degree, or (2) a valid GRE examination result with a score at the 50th percentile or higher in all sections.

An applicant is not required to submit a GRE exam result if the cumulative GPA from their conferred primary bachelor’s degree was 3.0 or higher. 

If you are required to submit a GRE result, please order the test result to be sent using YSN’s GRE code of 3998.  If required to submit a GRE result, the official test results must be received by the application deadline for your application to be considered complete.  GRE results are not valid if older than five years, and must be sent directly from ETS to YSN using code 3998.  As it can take time for the results to be transmitted, please arrange to take the exam far enough in advance to ensure that the results are received at YSN by the application deadline.

This requirement applies to master’s level programs only. Applicants to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) programs are not required to submit the GRE, regardless of undergraduate GPA.


Official copies of transcripts should be sent to NursingCAS for all programs except for the Online MSN Spring 2024. Applicants to the Spring 2024 Online MSN only should send their transcripts to directly to Yale School of Nursing.

Applicants with coursework in progress at the time of application must send final, official transcripts electronically (parchment or eScrip) or mail them directly to YSN from the issuing academic institution(s) in sealed envelopes upon completion. Electronic transcripts should be sent to  Take care to ensure you send documents to the Yale School of Nursing, and not Yale University.

International transcripts from institutions outside of the US or Canada must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) and sent to NursingCAS. This must include a course-by-course evaluation, as well as a certified English translation of all non-English transcripts. 

In addition, graduates of foreign nursing schools must pass the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination and be a Registered Nurse (RN) in a US state before they can begin the program. See additional requirements for international applicants.

Print documents can be sent to YSN via the following addresses:

us postal service   courier service
Yale School of Nursing
Attn: Admissions
West Campus
Office #11501
P.O. Box 27399
West Haven, CT 06516-0972
  Yale School of Nursing
Attn: Admissions
West Campus
Building 400
Office #11501
300 Heffernan Drive
West Haven, CT 06516 


Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN)

All four prerequisites must be completed no later than June 15th in the year that you intent to start. None of the courses must be completed by the application deadline.  

Four prerequisites are required for admission for all GEPN applicants. These courses must be completed before June 15th prior to matriculation into the school. A grade of B- (80) or better is required. Prerequisites must be taken at an accredited college or university including community college either in person or online within the last 8 years prior to application submission. AP credits are NOT acceptable to fulfill the following required courses. The four courses required are:

  1. Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Anatomy with lab (4 credits/semester) 
  2. Human Anatomy and Physiology II or Physiology with lab (4 credits/semester) 
  3. General Chemistry with lab (4 credits)
  4. Microbiology with lab (4 credits)