Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort are open. Apply now!

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply soon to guarantee your spot. The priority deadline is March 7, 2019, and the final deadline to apply is April 15, 2019.

  •  Application for admission to this program is an online process.
    • Please note: You must upload all documents and required materials to your application. Do not mail materials to the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
  •  We will contact you if we have any questions about your materials. Be sure to provide a current email address since will send all communications to the email address on your application form. 

Before you apply, please review the program dates and technical requirements to ensure you are able to complete the program. Check out the downloadable Application Checklist to begin preparing application materials.


Admissions are on a rolling basis. The priority deadline is March 7, 2019, and the final deadline to apply is April 15, 2019.

Materials must be uploaded to the electronic application. The letter of recommendation and scholarship applications must be submitted separately. Before you start the application, please review the details below and prepare the materials detailed in this downloadable Application Checklist.

Required Materials*

To apply to this program, you must submit:

  1. Completed online application form
  2. Scanned or electronic transcript (official or unofficial)
    •  The transcript should demonstrate completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree in any subject from an accredited U.S. college or university or the international equivalent.
    •  Applicants with a three-year degree from an accredited international institution are eligible to apply. 
    •  Please provide a translation for transcripts in languages other than English. 
    •  We will consider waiving the academic requirement of a completed four-year bachelor’s degree on a case-by-case basis for individuals with significant professional experience (at least 10 years).
  3. Résumé or curriculum vitae
  4. Personal statement and two short-response statements (see application for details)
  5. One letter of support
    •  A letter from an academic or professional supervisor is preferred. We are looking for letters from individuals who can evaluate your scholarship, professional activities, leadership skills and career goals.
    •  A letter from family or friends is not acceptable.

* Please contact us for any questions and considerations about the application materials

Optional Materials

The following materials may be uploaded to support your application, but are not required. Individuals who do not have the following materials will not be penalized.

Applicants may choose to submit:

  1. Documentation of coursework additional to a four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  2. Official TOEFL or IELTS test score reports
    •  Participants must have a high proficiency in English in order to learn from the written and recorded presentations, complete written assignments and engage in thoughtful discussion with peers and instructors during live sessions.
    •  If you have standardized language scores demonstrating English proficiency, you may submit your score reports to accompany your application. This material is not required.

Yale University's Nondiscrimination Statement

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.



Pricing for cohort June 2019-May 2020

Tuition* $6,000
Optional field course $2,000

Tuition includes:

  •   Four 8-week online courses
  •   One yearlong capstone project course
  •   Unlimited access to all online course materials
  •   Technology use and other service fees
  •   Support from mentors throughout the program
  •   Weekly face-to-face online interaction with experts
  •   Personalized expert advice on course work

*Limited partial scholarships are available on a competitive basis to offset the cost of attendance.

Optional field course includes:

  •   Week-long immersion experience in the tropics
  •   All course materials, site visits, field exercises and facilitated team work
  •   Room, board and transportation in the country where field course takes place
  •   It does not cover travel cost to the country where field course takes place or visa fees


Partial scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Scholarships cover between 25 to 75% of the tuition fee. Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate the ability to apply what they learn during the program to concrete projects in the tropics.

To be considered for a scholarship, please submit the scholarship application form in addition to your program application. Applications received by March 7, 2019, will be given priority consideration for a scholarship. You can submit the form after the priority deadline until mid-April 2019, but no guarantee is given that the review committee will consider them. Admission decisions are made independent of scholarship requests.

Required materials: To be considered for a scholarship, you must submit a completed scholarship application form. With your application, please include a short statement explaining 1) why you are seeking a scholarship and how it will help you reach your goals and 2) how you will apply what you learn to a concrete initiative in the tropics and create a positive impact.

Access the scholarship application here.


To participate in the program, you will need consistent access to:

  • A computer, laptop, or tablet capable of playing audio and video
  • Internet connection (recommended speed at least 600 kbps)
  • A web camera
  • A headset with a microphone
  • Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel (or equivalent programs)

Equipment and software are the responsibility of the participant and will not be provided by Yale University. 

Technical Support

All participants will receive access to technical support related to the use of the course platform and software.