Admission to educational and training programs offered at the School of Medicine is highly competitive and based on a demonstrated aptitude for and commitment to one of the health professions—as well as evidence of superior performance in past endeavors.

We look for individuals who are devoted to stretching the boundaries of knowledge and becoming leaders in medicine, public health and biomedical science and who display commitment and integrity among their personal qualities.

Many students come to Yale after gaining experience and perspective through other scholarly and professional pursuits.

Applications to degree programs take one of several paths:

Medical Degree

Applicants seeking the M.D. degree or combined M.D./Ph.D. will complete the AMCAS application online as well as the supplemental Yale application.

Physician Associate & Physician Assistant

PA applicants may apply to either the campus-based Physician Associate Program or the Physician Assistant Online Program.

Public Health

Students seeking a master of public health degree, a master of science in epidemiology and public health or a Ph.D. in one of five disciplines within public health will apply to the School of Public Health on the medical campus.

Graduate School

Graduate school applicants in biomedical disciplines will apply through the combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, which places Ph.D. students on one of eight tracks in their first year before they affiliate with a degree-granting program.

Degree Programs

The majority of students at the School of Medicine earn Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees, but the school also offers seven other medical degrees, including an M.P.H. awarded by the School of Public Health. The Yale School of Nursing, a separate school within the university, offers two degrees. The Physician Associate Program offers an M.M.Sc.

Recognizing that issues related to health intersect with every aspect of civic life and that the study of medicine is not limited to patient care and biomedical science, the medical school also offers 12 joint degree programs in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Management, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Divinity and Law. Through these programs, students can study the role medicine plays within the broader context of other academic specialties.

Medical Degree Programs

Public Health Programs

Nursing Program

Other PhD Programs

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Yale School of Medicine welcomes applicants regardless of documented or undocumented immigration status and endorses the values of the University as stated by President Peter Salovey in 2016:

Yale’s commitment to its students is long-standing, and I am dedicated to maintaining and strengthening the supports and resources we have in place. We admit students without regard to immigration status, and our financial aid policies assure that no student will be denied an education because of immigration status. These policies will continue.

If you have questions or concerns, please visit the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) website.