Non-Degree Programs

Non-Degree Programs

Special Research Fellow

Each year, a limited number of scholars are admitted to Yale School of Drama as one-year special research fellows. These fellows are usually professionals in the field of theatre from abroad who wish to pursue research and audit one or two courses a term within the School of Drama. Tuition for these fellows is one-half that charged a full-time student. The research and auditing of courses is arranged in consultation with the appropriate department chair and the registrar.  Fellows are not eligible for Yale Health Basic Coverage.  Information about alternative health insurance options can be obtained by contacting the School of Drama’s registrar’s office. Special research fellows are not eligible for any financial assistance.

There is no fellow status affiliated with the Acting department.

Special Student

Each year, some students are admitted to Yale School of Drama as one-year special students in the areas of Design, Sound Design, Directing, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Technical Design and Production; or Theater Management. These students must be in residence on a full-time basis and are not eligible for a degree or certificate. The curriculum for special students is arranged in consultation with the appropriate department chair. Tuition is the same as for degree candidates. Special students, who are not eligible for financial assistance according to the federal guidelines, may be eligible to apply for assistance under various supplemental loan programs through their individual banks. Special students are not eligible for Yale Health Basic Coverage.  Information about alternative health insurance options can be obtained by contacting the School of Drama registrar’s office.

Special students may apply for admission to the department’s degree program of study in January or February of their one-year residency in accordance with the department’s application deadline. They must comply with Yale School of Drama’s admission requirements and, if admitted may matriculate as second-year students.