All applications for admission should be submitted online directly to the Yale Graduate School Office of Admissions.
All applications must include the GRE general scores and, for persons whose native language is not English, TOEFL scores (unless you obtained your undergraduate degree with at least 3-years in residence at an English-language program). The GRE subject test is not required for the M.A. program.
Neither the Graduate School nor the Statistics Department has minimum required GRE or TOEFL scores for admission, but very low scores do typically decrease the chances of admission.
Almost all students in the terminal M.A. program are self-supported, either by personal funds or by outside fellowships.
Unlike at some universities, there is no automatic admission into the Ph.D. program for students who complete the terminal M.A. degree; a completely new application is required.
In deciding the number of applicants to be admitted to the terminal M.A. program, we focus on several important questions:
- How strong is the applicant pool?
- How big can a class be before faculty are unable to give students the individual academic attention that is a feature of a Yale education?
- Recommendations for admission are based solely on academic grounds: factors such as the potential for a student to successfully complete the course work, past academic record and work experience, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, and motivation for studying Statistics.
As of 2017, approximately 350 students apply for admission to the terminal M.A. program each year. Of those, about 35 are offered admission, which yields 12-16 M.A. students each year. Because of this selectivity, many well-qualified students are not offered admission.