Apply to Masters Program


Priority Application Deadline


Applications will be available September 8.

For guaranteed consideration of your application, all materials must be completed and submitted electronically no later than the priority deadline of 11:59 PM EST, December 15.

Application files completed by the priority deadline are guaranteed to receive a review by the Admissions Committee. Applications and materials may still be submitted after the priority deadline until mid-January, but no guarantee is given that the Committee will consider them. Therefore, we encourage serious applicants to submit all necessary materials prior to the December deadline.

NOTE: All materials must be uploaded to the electronic application. Extra materials will not be included in your application file. Materials become the property of Yale School of the Environment and will not be returned to applicants or enrolling students.

Questions concerning admission or the application process should be directed to, 203-432-5106 or 800-825-0330.

Principles on Holistic Admission and Spring 2020 Grades

Recognizing the challenges to teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provost and Deans of Yale University adopted the following principle:

Yale’s admissions offices for graduate and professional schools evaluate applicants holistically and will take the significant disruptions of COVID-19 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials relating to Spring 2020. In particular, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/Fail and other grading options during this unprecedented period, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online application form.
  2. Essays and Statements
      1. Statements
        1. MEM/MF Personal Statement
          Describe your academic background, educational goals and post-degree professional goals, and how Yale School of the Environment can prepare you to achieve those objectives.
          • Required if applying to all MEM/MF programs: 1-year MEM, 1-year MF, 2-year MEM, 2-year MF and 5-year program.
          • No more than 650 words
        2. Yale College/Yale NUS 5-year Program Statement
          Identify undergraduate coursework satisfying prerequisites and your proposed senior-year courses.
          • Required for Yale College / Yale NUS 5-year applicants ONLY.
          • No more than 300 words
          • In outline format
        3. TOEFL/IELTS
          Describe any educational, professional, and/or personal experiences that reflect your knowledge of the English language (e.g. courses, internships, study-abroad, etc).
          • Required if your native language is not English or if English was not your primary language of instruction at your degree-granting undergraduate institution.
          • No more than 300 words
          • In paragraph format
      2. Essays
        1. Short Essay
          • Required
          • No more than 300 words
          • Choose 1 of 2: (Please respond to one question only)
          1. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, or a real-world environmental management challenge. Explain its significance and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
          2. Reflect on a time in the last few years when you felt genuine excitement learning about something. Describe not only what you learned but how you learned it.
        2. Short Takes
          • Required
          • No more than 50 words per question
          • Please respond to all three questions
          1. After you graduate, what will the YSE community remember you for?
          2. You are teaching a class at YSE. What is it called?
          3. Why YSE?
      1. Statements
        1. MESC/MFS Research Statement
          • Required
          • No more than 650 words total
          1. Please explain your scientific research experience and your proposed research project.
        2. MESC/MFS Supplemental Statement
          • Required
          • No more than 300 words
          1. Write one short paragraph for each advisor you would like to work with describing the interactions you have had with them and why they are a good match to serve as your advisor. Please list faculty in order of preference.
        3. TOEFL/IELTS Statement
          • Required if your native language is not English or if English was not your primary language of instruction at your degree-granting undergraduate institution
          • No more than 300 words
          1. In paragraph format, describe any educational, professional, and/or personal experiences that reflect your knowledge of the English language (e.g. courses, internships, study-abroad, etc).
      2. Essays
        1. Short Takes:
          • Required
          • No more than 50 words per question
          • Please respond to all four questions
          1. Who or what is a source of inspiration for you?
          2. What footprint will you leave on the YSE community? (Define “footprint” and “community” however you would like.)
          3. You are teaching a course at YSE. What is it called?
          4. What quote best describes you? Who said it?
  3. Résumé or curriculum vitae (Do not send hard copies; they will not be read or returned.)
    • Include dates of service, employers, titles, nature of duties, and any significant volunteer experience.
      • Please include a notation for each job/internship/volunteer position you have held describing whether the position was full or part time.
    • List also original research work, reports, or publications.
  4. Three letters of reference (Extra letters will not be accepted.)
    • Academic letters and/or letters from professional supervisors are preferred. These individuals can evaluate your scholarship, professional activities, leadership skills, and career goals.
    • The submission of the recommendation form and a one- to two-page letter is expected. Letters from family, friends or nonsupervisory colleagues are not acceptable.
  5. Official transcripts
    • A four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the international equivalent.
      • Applicants with a three-year degree from an accredited international institution are eligible to apply, but potential admission will depend upon an equivalency evaluation of your degree. Most evaluations can be done at YSE upon submission, but in certain cases WES or ECE evaluations may be required after review.
    • A scanned or electronic copy of each transcript from every college or university you have ever attended.
      • Electronic transcripts must officially list your name and the name of your college/university. Documents may not be altered by applicant.
      • If you have already completed a bachelors degree at the time of completion, please ensure that the transcript submitted for that institution shows the date of degree conferral.
      • Study abroad or other transcripts are not required if your degree-granting institution transcript includes the courses AND grades taken at another school.
    • If submitting official transcripts, all final transcripts must include the degree type and graduation/degree conferral date.
    • Although not required for admission, applicants completing a bachelor’s degree outside of the United States or Canada are encouraged to submit a transcript evaluation from World Education Services ( or Educational Credential Evaluators ( The evaluation should be a course-by-course or ICAP evaluation of all transcripts and diplomas (undergraduate and graduate) and must included a certification of U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency. Applicants are responsible for any fees associated with these evaluations.

      For WES or ECE evaluations: Submit your official transcripts/diplomas directly to WES or ECE and not to Yale. YSE does not need to see your transcripts if you use one of these services.

      Official (notarized) English translations are required for academic records and transcripts not published in English. A certified translation of the diploma certificate must also be uploaded if the transcript does not include the date of graduation and the type of degree awarded.

      Attention applicants from China:  Admitted students submitting transcripts and degree certificates from Chinese Universities MUST arrange for a degree & transcript verification report by WES (course by course). Do not request your verification report from WES until your degree has been awarded. The reports must be mailed directly to the Office of Admission by WES, rather than by you or another third party. Any document not mailed by WES will not be considered as a final official document.
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not mail unofficial paper copies of transcripts, grade reports or mark sheets to apply to Yale School of the Environment. Unofficial documents should be uploaded online and official documents only should be mailed to Yale School of the Environment. If admitted, however, you must submit official or certified transcripts for all registered coursework from each college or university you have attended before enrolling at Yale School of the Environment. All offers of admission are conditioned on the receipt and verification of official documents.

  6. Official test score report
      • The TOEFL exam or the IELTS exam is required if your native language is not English or if English was not your primary language of instruction at your degree-granting undergraduate institution.
    • TOEFL: Institution code = 3996; there is no department code (
      • Minimum iBT = 100/120
    • IELTS: Institution code = 3996; there is no department code (
      • Minimum overall band = 7.0 (please note: you must receive a minimum of a 6.5 on each individual section)
      • Copies or reproductions of test score reports will not be accepted by Yale School of the Environment. Score reports must be sent directly from the testing service.
    • Copies or reproductions of test score reports will not be accepted by Yale School of the Environment. Score reports must be sent directly from the testing service.
  7. Application fee
    • US $80.00 (Submitted by credit card or electronic transfer via the online application.)
  8. Online Supplement
    • After submitting your online application, applicants will be asked to complete an online interview supplement. You will have the period between when you receive the email and midnight December 17 to complete this requirement. There is no preparation necessary, and this part of the process is intended to learn more about your interests, experiences, and what you may add to our diverse YSE community. However, your application will not be reviewed until you complete this step. This portion of the application will take between 10-15 minutes.

Optional Materials

Explanation of gaps in resume

In no more than 5 sentences, please describe any gaps in your resume (where you were not employed, in school, or interning) lasting longer than 3 months.

Official test score report

GRE, GMAT or LSAT (Optional)

  • GRE: Institution code = 3996; there is no department code (
  • GMAT: Institution code = 3TJ-WT-45 (
  • LSAT: While the LSAT is also optional, the scores should only be submitted for current applicants to Pace/Vermont/Yale Law School’s joint degree programs. LSAC will not send score reports to Yale School of the Environment ( If you take the LSAT, you must contact the Office of Admissions or Registrar’s Office at a law school to which you have applied and ask that they fax or email a copy of the score report to Yale School of the Environment: 203-432-5528 or
    • Copies sent by applicants will not be accepted.
    • The GRE, LSAT, GMAT score reports must be dated within the last five years.
    • Name and birthdate on test exam reports must match the name on application exactly. You must use your “legal” name on all materials otherwise they will not be accepted.
    • Tests taken by December 15 will be considered “received” by the deadline.
  • Copies or reproductions of test score reports will not be accepted by Yale School of the Environment. Score reports must be sent directly from the testing service.

Review Process

We look for students capable of making effective contributions to scientific knowledge or to professional service in addressing environmental problems. Special weight is given to relevant experiences after graduation from college. Clarity regarding professional career goals is a critically important part of the applicant's personal statement. Admissions staff and faculty review teams read the applications submitted to the Master’s degree program. Final admissions decisions rest on an integrated assessment of the components described above. 


Deferral Policy

As a policy, the Yale School of the Environment does not typically grant enrollment deferral requests that will allow you to defer admission to a later year and instead asks you to reapply. (i.e. Requests for financial reasons, educational reasons, professional opportunities, etc.).

The Yale School of the Environment will only consider enrollment deferral requests for the following reasons:

  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Extenuating serious Medical Emergency

In the event a deferral request is approved, the deferral will only be granted for a one year time period. Requests for deferral must be submitted in writing via the YSE Official Deferral Request Form with relevant supporting documentation. Please contact the admissions for more information:

Deposit Extension Policy

Students who are offered admissions into YSE must submit a non-refundable $500 enrollment deposit by 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on the deposit date for the application round. As a policy, YSE does not offer deposit extensions.

Please note: Students who are offered admission from the waitlist will be expected to submit a deposit by the corresponding waitlist deposit deadline.

Reapplying to Yale School of the Environment

Previous applicants to the School of the Environment and applicants who declined a previous offer of admission must submit a new application. The application fee is required. Applicants, who have been denied admission three times by the School of the Environment, whether by one or more departments, may not file further applications.

Yale University’s Nondiscrimination/Title IX Statements

The University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

University policy is committed to affirmative action under law in employment of women, minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.

Inquiries concerning these policies may be referred to Valarie Stanley, Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs, 221 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, 203.432.0849. For additional information, see

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Stephanie Spangler, at 203.432.4446 or at, or to theU.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:
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