Graduate and Professional School Courses

When a course is open to undergraduate as well as either graduate or professional school students, a Yale College student must enroll under the undergraduate number, unless already accepted into the program for the simultaneous award of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Students requesting to elect a graduate course should enter the course on their Course Schedule Selection Form. Most graduate courses, other than those designated independent study, are open with permission to undergraduate students. For a regularly updated list of courses not approved for Yale College credit, refer to the University Registrar’s Website. Properly qualified undergraduates may enroll in an unlimited number of courses in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with permission of the instructor and the director of graduate studies. Undergraduates in these courses are obviously expected to do graduate-level work, and the courses are listed by their graduate numbers on their transcripts.                

Students requesting to elect a professional school course should enter the course on their Course Schedule Selection Form and complete an additional form downloaded from the University Registrar’s Office. This latter form must be completed by the student, signed by the course instructor, and attached to a copy of the syllabus, and must also be signed by the appropriate agent of the dean or the registrar of the school in which the course is offered. Note that systems for the award of course credit in the professional schools differ and that not all courses in these schools yield a full course credit in Yale College. Also note that there is a limit to the number of professional school courses that an undergraduate may take. See Special Academic Problems under The Committee on Honors and Academic Standing.