Department of Astronomy

The Department of Astronomy offers the Ph.D. in astronomy. Although a master's degree is offered, students generally are not admitted for a terminal master's degree.  Students typically begin graduate work in the fall semester.  Undergraduate preparation should include at least three years of college physics, and mathematics through differential equations.

Applicants are judged on the basis of their previous academic record, letters of recommendation, personal statement, research experience and plans, and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.

Application:

In addition to the Graduate School application, applicants for admission must submit the following via the online application:

  1. Scanned unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended. Note: official transcripts must be mailed to the Astronomy Department upon admission. (Please upload unofficial transcripts under Part C: Supporting Documents in the 'Supplemental Application' section of the Graduate School Application.)
  2. Astronomy courses currently enrolled in for fall and spring, if not listed on the transcript. (Please upload course information under Part C: Supporting Documents in the 'Supplemental Application' section of the Graduate School Application.)
  3. Statement on 'Reasons for Graduate Study in Astronomy'. (Please upload the statement under Part C: Supporting Documents in the 'Supplemental Application' section of the Graduate School Application.)
  4. Three letters of recommendation from people well acquainted with your academic work. Letter of Recommendation Process
  5. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (general test and subject test in physics). GRE scores are sent electronically from ETS. Use institution Code 1846.  (Note: Free practice exams for GRE, TOEFL and other standardized tests are available through Exam Focus and Kaplan Test Prep. included are test and subject articles, strategies, score analysis and more.)

Optional Application Material:  

   

If you have résumé, research experience, award, first page of published papers, or other information that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee, please upload this information under Part C: Supporting Documents in the 'Supplemental Application' section of the Graduate School Application.

 

International Applicants Must Also Provide:

 

  1. Scanned unofficial documentation of all courses taken and grades received (referred to as 'transcripts' in the U.S.) from each undergraduate or postgraduate institution, plus an English translation. Note: official transcripts must be mailed to the Astronomy Department upon admission. (Please upload unofficial transcripts under Part C: Supporting Documents in the 'Supplemental Application' section of the Graduate School Application.)
  2. Scanned unofficial certification of degrees and dates granted. Note: official certifications must be mailed to the Astronomy Department upon admission. (Please upload unofficial certifications under Part C: Supporting Documents in the 'Supplemental Application' section of the Graduate School Application.)
  3. Official TOEFL scores (minimum paper-based score of 600, minimum internetiBT score of 100). TOEFL scores are sent electronically from ETS. Use Institution Code 1846. See Graduate School admission requirements for more information.          

Application Deadline:  

The deadline for applications for admission in Fall, 2015 is December 31, 2014.  Please note:  Financial support is provided through university fellowships (incoming graduate students only) or department assistantships. To compete for fellowships offered by the university, students must submit all application materials (including GRE scores) by December 31, 2014.  

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 Department of Astronomy:

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