Yale English PhD acceptance rate

Last Updated on January 17, 2023

Tuition, Funding & Living Costs

All Ph.D. students at Yale are fully funded. On average, doctoral students at Yale, receive more than $400,000 in tuition fellowships, stipends, and health care benefits, over the course of their enrollment. Some terminal Master’s degree students also receive funding.


Tuition for full-time study at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the academic year 2020-2021 is $44,500. 

More information on Tuition & Fees(link is external) is available in our Programs & Policies handbook. Please note that we do not charge many of the fees common to other schools (e.g. technology fee, library fee, gym fee, student activities fee). 

See Student Accounts(link is external) for billing and payment inquiries. 

For Ph.D. Degree Applicants

All Ph.D. students at Yale receive the following financial award, typically for a minimum of five years:

  • a fellowship that covers the full cost of tuition  ($44,500 for 2020-2021)
  • a 12-month stipend (minimum of $32,700 for 2020-2021)
  • free comprehensive health insurance, including hospitalization coverage and specialty care for students and their children
  • a family support subsidy for graduate students with children under the age of 18

Additionally, a Dean’s Emergency Fund is available to help students with eligible unexpected expenses. In some cases, the Continuing Registration Fee for advanced doctoral students is also covered by the Graduate School. 

Most Ph.D. students complete their degrees without incurring debt. 

For Master’s Degree Applicants

Most students pursuing Master’s degrees do not receive financial support from the Graduate School and are responsible for paying tuition, but some programs offer limited funding. Please check with the program that interests you for more information. 

All Master’s students registered at least half time receive free Student Basic Coverage(link is external) at Yale Health. You are also eligible to purchase Hospitalization and Specialty Care coverage at a group rate through the university. 

Other Sources of Funding

Many of our students win external fellowships and grants. See our policy on External Fellowship and Combined Award Policy(link is external) for more information on how an external award will affect your Yale funding. 

Some students choose to take loans, participate in work-study programs, or engage in part-time employment to supplement their funding while in Graduate School. More information is available on Other Means of Financing Graduate Education(link is external)

Living Cost Estimates

To ensure that our financial aid package provides enough support to enable you to live in New Haven and study full time, we developed a cost-of-living guide (see below). The Office of Financial Aid also uses these calculations to determine financial need as required by certain funding sources, and for immigration processes. 

Estimated average living expenses include housing and food, transportation, personal and academic expenses (excluding tuition), and hospitalization coverage and specialty care. Expenses for doctoral students may actually be less than the estimate below, since Ph.D. financial packages cover the full cost of single-student hospitalization and specialty care coverage in the Yale Health Plan, as well as half the cost of two-person coverage (for spouses and partners), and the full cost to cover children.

2020-2021 Academic Year Living Cost Estimate:

Housing and Food$1,915$17,234$22,979
Total Living Cost$2,751$24,726$31,687
Tuition $44,500$44,500
Cost of Education $69,262$76,187

9 MONTH LIVING COST (Master’s Students):

  • Single Student: $24,762

12 MONTH LIVING COST (Ph.D. Students):

  • Single Student: $31,687

Who is Eligible to Apply? 

If you have completed your undergraduate degree (bachelor’s or equivalent) or will have completed it prior to your intended matriculation date at Yale, you may apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).

A master’s degree is not required to apply for a Ph.D. at Yale, although some programs give preference to applicants with post-baccalaureate training. Consult your program of interest directly for information on how it evaluates applications.

We value diversity of all kinds at the Graduate School, and we encourage students from all backgrounds to apply if Yale is a good fit for your intellectual and professional goals. All are welcome to apply, without regard to citizenship or immigration status, socioeconomic level, race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, disability, etc.

Requirements for All Ph.D. and Master’s Degree Applicants

You will need to provide the following with your application for admission:

  • A statement of purpose. You will find the prompt for the statement of purpose in our Application Question FAQs
  • A list of all the prior colleges or universities you have attended, accompanied by unofficial transcripts from each school. Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded with your application. Official or paper transcripts are not needed at this time. 
  • Three letters of recommendation. Enter the names of your recommenders directly in the application, and they will receive a link to upload a letter on your behalf. 
  • $105 application fee or fee waiver. 
  • Standardized tests. GRE requirements vary by program. TOEFL or IELTS are necessary for most non-native English speakers. 
  • Some programs have additional requirements, such as a writing sample or résumé. You can find information about any specific requirements on the program’s website. 

We encourage you to check out some of the Virtual Information Session webinars held in the past.

Where Do I Begin?

  1. Identify the program and degree you want.Decide if you will apply for a Ph.D. or a terminal Master’s (M.S., M.A., M.A.S.) in one of the programs available at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. (Note that you will earn one or more Master’s degrees en route to a Ph.D.) Learn about the program: its faculty, course offerings, and resources. Read the faculty’s research publications. If you can identify and articulate why the program is a good fit for you and show how your preparation and interests align well with it, you will have a strong application.A note to students applying to one of Yale’s professional schools or programs:
    • If you are applying for a Ph.D. in Architecture, Environment, Investigative Medicine, Law, Management, Music, Nursing, or Public Health, or for an M.S. in Public Health, or an M.A. in Music, be sure to use the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Ph.D./Master’s application.
    • If you are applying for any other degree at one of the University’s professional schools (Art, Architecture, Divinity, Drama, Environment, Law, Management, Medicine, Music, Nursing, and Public Health), visit that school’s website for further instructions. Those programs have separate admissions policies and processes that are administered by the professional schools, not GSAS.
  2. Verify the application deadline for your program.Application deadlines vary by program, so please see Dates and Deadlines for information about your program of interest. All new students enroll in the fall, and the admissions process begins nearly a year in advance of matriculation.
  3. Determine what standardized tests you need to take. Register early.Some Ph.D. and Master’s degree programs require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Check your program’s standardized testing requirement before you apply. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English may need to take an English Language test (TOEFL or IELTS).
  4. Complete your application.The application deadlines for enrolling in Fall 2021 have passed and the application is now closed. The application for enrolling in Fall 2022 will be available in mid-August 2021. 

What Happens After I Submit My Application?

The faculty admissions committee in each department and program begins reviewing applications shortly after their application deadline. Led by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Director of Graduate Admissions (DGA), the committee will recommend students for admission to the Graduate School. Once confirmed by the deans of the Graduate School, the admissions office will release final decisions to applicants. 

Unlike undergraduate admissions, the admissions office and staff of the Graduate School maintain the application, the application process, and other administrative transactions, but the admissions staff does not review applications or make admissions decisions. That responsibility is handled by the faculty of each department or program.

Most admissions decisions are provided between February and early March. You will receive an email notification when your admissions decision is available. 

If you are accepted for admission, you will need to decide if you wish to accept our offer by April 15. We abide by Council of Graduate School’s April 15 Resolution(link is external), regarding graduate financial support. 

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