UW-Madison Graduate School

The UW-Madison Office of Graduate Admissions coordinates the application process for all graduate degree programs, ensures that minimum admission standards are maintained, and facilitates graduate student diversity.  The Graduate School will evaluate your application for admission after the Department of Astronomy has recommended admission.  Final admission is approved and processed by the Graduate School.

To begin your application to our program, first carefully read these documents:



Unfortunately, neither the Department of Astronomy nor the Graduate School can waive the required application fee under any circumstances. Applications without the required fee cannot be processed. The same policy applies to incomplete applications.

Included in the University online application are the following essential components:

  • Statement on 'Reasons for Graduate Study'.
  • Three letters of recommendation from people well acquainted with your past academic work/research. Letters of Recommendation Process
  • Unofficial Transcript submission (include a list of Spring courses if not on the transcript)
  • GRE Scores (verbal, quantitative and analytical, as well as the subject test in physics)
  • TOEFL Scores (required for international applicants only)

If you are unable to submit any of these items electronically, please contact the Graduate Coordinator for assistance.  Other options are to mail, email or fax (608-263-6386) materials to the Department of Astronomy. All components of the application are essential for consideration of your application for admission.

Mailing address for the Graduate School

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