Enrollment Instructions

*Students who do not belong to the Jackson School of Global Affairs should scroll to the very bottom of this page to express interest in GLBL graduate courses.

Courses that require permission of instructor are tagged on Yale Course Search, as are half-term courses and global electives. If a course requires permission of the instructor (see Yale Course Search), Jackson school students must submit a permission to add a course through Yale Hub. If permission of the instructor is NOT required, then add course(s) using self-service registration through Yale Hub.

Spring Application-Only Courses 
GLBL 7280 | Chris Fussell | Access Form | Opens on Oct. 30 | Deadline Nov. 22
GLBL 7270 | Shoshana Stewart | Open | Deadline Nov. 13 | MPP/MAS students only

For more information, review enrollment instructions sent to your email during registration. Be sure to carefully review the information on this page. Please reach out to with any questions or concerns.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)

Spring term course enrollment: Nov 13 – Dec 21
Classes begin: January 16
Add/drop closes: January 23

Credit conversion
1 GSAS credit = 1 Jackson School Credit
0.5 GSAS credit  = 0.5 Jackson School Credit

Use Yale Hub to request permission to enroll or self-service registration if a course has open enrollment

Jackson School of Global Affairs

Spring grades due for graduating students: May 15
Spring enrollment: November 16 – December 1
Classes begin: January 16
Add/Drop: January 12 at 8:00am – January 23 at 5:00pm

Students can drop a course without a “W” on transcript, change a course from credit to audit  or request graduate credit for undergraduate course until March 8.

School of Management

Please read the instructions carefully as you are responsible for understanding the rules and regulations as set out by the School of Management (SOM). Elective courses can be found here.

Academic Calendar | Yale School of Management
Spring term begins
: January 22
Drop period ends: January 29

  • Enrollment request form  | January 8 (may change as per SOM): visitor request opens | TBD: enrollment request opens
  • Email the course instructor to request permission to enroll.
  • Change status from “visitor/shopper” to “request to enroll” once the request to enroll form opens.
  • Once approved by SOM, the Jackson School registrar will add the course to your schedule manually. It cannot be added using Yale Hub.

IMPORTANT: You will be billed for SOM course materials distributed in class or via Canvas. The fee is $20 for a half-semester course and $40 for a full-semester course.

Credit conversion
4 SOM units = 1 Jackson School Credit
2 SOM units = 0.5 Jackson School Credit

Yale Law School

Classes begin: January 16
Add/drop period ends: January 23 (8:20am)

Academic Calendar | Yale Law School

  • Non-Yale Law School (YLS) students may only take one LAW course per semester unless the course is cross-listed with Jackson or another school at Yale. If so, you must enroll under that dept/number.
  • YLS courses can be found here.
  • Email the course instructor and ask for permission to enroll.
  • Complete the Request to Take a Law School Course form
  • Once approved, YLS will send your form to the Jackson registrar who will enroll you in the course. More information about the process is available on YLS website.

Credit conversion
2 and above YLS credits = 1 Jackson School Credit
2 and below YLS credits  = 0.5 Jackson School Credit

This is a general rule – some courses may not be credit bearing at Jackson. Once you submit the YLS request, it will go directly to the Jackson’s Office of Academic Services & Registrar for review.

Yale School of the Environment and Yale Divinity School

Classes begin: January 16
Add/drop ends:  January 26

Academic Calendar
Yale School of the Environment (YSE)
Yale Divinity School (YDiv) 

Courses that require instructor permission:
Please use Yale Hub instructor permission request during add/drop at Jackson to request enrollment.

3 credits at YSE and YDiv = 1 credit at Jackson School.

Yale College

To receive graduate credit for an undergraduate course, follow these steps:

  • Follow the same steps as you would for GLBL courses.
  • Complete the Jackson course change form and select “request graduate creditafter registration closes but before midterms.
  • If the course offers discussion sections, please check with the Jackson registrar regarding adding discussion sections to your schedule.
  • Limit the number of undergraduate courses (numbered 499 and below) to one per term.

IMPORTANT: Language courses do not require a petition for graduate credit.

Directed Reading & Thesis

If you have interests that cannot be addressed through regular graduate-level courses, you may arrange a directed reading or independent project with a faculty member or Senior Fellow for graduate credit. Usually limited to one per semester, these courses may involve reading the literature on a topic, attending a lecture or seminar series, and writing a substantial research paper. It is your responsibility to make all of the arrangements no later than the end of add/drop period and submit appropriate form(s).

Directed Reading Agreement | Form link

Important note: The form will be routed to your advisor and the Assistant Dean for Graduate Education for approval. The request is sent from and may automatically go to spam please check with advisor/instructor if you haven’t heard back in a timely fashion.

Thesis Timeline (Fall & Spring)

Thesis enrollment request must be submitted before add/drop ends during fall term.

  • September 30 Thesis adviser form due to registrar (signed by thesis adviser and assistant dean for graduate education). Please reach out to the Office of Academic Services & Registrar for link.
  • November 2 First draft of thesis prospectus due to primary thesis adviser.
  • December 1 Final draft of thesis prospectus due to primary thesis adviser and School registrar (students will not be allowed to register for thesis credits the following term if the prospectus is not submitted and approved by the primary thesis adviser).
  • Mid-March First draft of thesis due to primary thesis adviser.
  • April 20 Final thesis to be submitted to thesis adviser and faculty for final grading.
  • April–May Presentation of thesis, open to the Jackson community and guests. The presentation does not factor into final grading.
  • May 10 Deadline for final grades to be submitted to registrar from thesis adviser for student submission of electronic copy.


Enrollment Request for Professional School Students (non-Jackson)

Students at the School of Public Health, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Yale School of the Environment and Yale Divinity should use Yale Hub Instruction permission request form.

Enrollment Request Form is now open and closes on January 20 | SOM and LAW only
All others should use Yale Hub Instructor Permission.

Link to request enrollment for SOM & YLS students: Submit the form

  • Once submitted, the form will be routed to the instructor for approval and then to Jackson’s registrar.
  • Approvals will be shared with the registrar of the prof. school you belong to once the form closes.
  • Approved students will be added to Canvas as “guests” to retain access to course materials.
  • Enrollment will be processed by  school registrars in late January. Important: Students must take any additional steps to enroll as stipulated by their school. Please check with your registrars if you need to submit additional forms.