Exams for Admission

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

YSN’s GRE code is 3998.

Applicants for admission to the master’s level programs are no longer required to take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) IF the cumulative GPA from their conferred bachelor’s degree is 3.0 or higher. Weighted average will be used for those with more than one bachelor’s degree. 

Those with a cumulative/weighted GPA lower than 3.0 will be required to take the GRE and score above 50th percentile on all sections to be eligible to apply. Applicants that do not have a GPA listed on final transcript will be required to take the GRE as well.

PMC and DNP applicants have been, and continue to be, exempt from GRE testing.

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, and are required to do so as a result of their GPA, should arrange to do so before October 1, to ensure official scores are received by the November 1 deadline.

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.

English as a Second Language

Scores from either TOEFL or IELTS are required of all non-native English speakers who have not received either a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a U.S. institution of higher learning or the international equivalent where instruction is provided in English. As a result, applicants with degrees from Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), New Zealand, Singapore, Ireland and the United Kingdom are exempt from taking the English proficiency exam. To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering a Special Home Edition test

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 = 25/30

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Minimum Required Score: Band 7.0/9.0, with no section score below Band 6.5/9.0

Minimum Required Speaking Section Score: 7.5

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 (CGFNS) 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.