Application Deadlines and Fees


Admission to David Geffen School of Drama at Yale is only for full-time graduate study beginning in mid-August for the fall term. There is no rolling admission. There is no summer session. Transfer or part-time students are not accepted. The David Geffen School of Drama Admissions Committee carefully evaluates all applications, and admission decisions are determined on or before April 1.

Please refer to each program’s more detailed requirements.

SWEAT by Lynn Nottage, directed by Joan MacIntosh. Photo by Courtney Jamison, 2017.
SWEAT by Lynn Nottage, directed by Joan MacIntosh. Photo by Courtney Jamison, 2017.


Applications for admission must be received by the following dates at 11:59pm E.S.T.:

  • November 22, 2023: Playwriting, Technical Design and Production, and Technical Internship Certificate
  • December 1, 2023: Directing
  • January 2, 2024: Acting, Design, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, and Stage Management
  • February 1, 2024: Theater Management and Special Research Fellow
  • February 15, 2024: Financial Aid applications for U.S. citizens and international applicants.  Please refer to Financial Aid Policy and Procedures.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test

NOTE: The David Geffen School of Drama has eliminated the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement for prospective applicants. The GRE test will not be considered.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Must be taken by January 15, 2024 by applicants to all programs
  • Required of an applicant whose first language is not English
  • School code: 3988

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Applicants should provide their IELTS test centers the following information when requesting scores to be sent to their David Geffen School of Drama application: Account Name: Yale University David Geffen School of Drama
    Address: David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University
    P.O. Box 208325, New Haven, CT 06520-8325
    United States

Application Fees

  • $110 - All programs; Special Student status; Special Research Fellow
  • $50 - Technical Internship Certificate

The nonrefundable application fee can be paid online by Master Card, Visa, American Express, or Discover.

To request a financial need based application fee waiver please download a Request for Application Fee Waiver form.  All fee waiver applications must be completed, signed/notarized and original copy received by the Admissions Office ten (10) business days prior to your program deadline.  We will do our best to review and respond to your fee waiver application within a week of receiving it.