How to Apply

As the Astronomy Ph.D. Program comes with a guarantee of financial support, our admissions process is highly competitive. Typically, the Department of Astronomy admits a small number of applicants annually, on average 4, with year-to-year fluctuations.

An application to the Astronomy Ph.D. Program consists of three steps:

  1. Complete the UW-Madison Graduate School application

  2. Complete the Department of Astronomy application

  3. Review the Checklist

The application deadline for admission in Fall, 2017 is December 31, 2016. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Graduate Admissions Coordinator, Sharon Pittman, via email, telephone (608) 890-3775, or fax (608) 263-6386.


Mailing address for the Graduate School

Office of Graduate Admissions
228 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive
Madison WI 53706

Mailing address for the Department of Astronomy

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Astronomy
University of Wisconsin-Madison
475 N. Charter St
Madison WI 53706-1582
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