How to Apply

  1. How to Apply for Graduate Admission as a Degree-Seeking Student
  2. Astronomy Department Policy for Applicants seeking Admission as a
    Non-Degree-Seeking Graduate Student

Graduate and International Admissions Center

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Department of Astronomy

Student Services Office
1 University Station, C1400
Austin, TX 78712
studentinfo@astro.as.utexas.edu
FAX: 512-471-6016


A. How to Apply for Graduate Admission as a Degree-Seeking Student

Before you apply to the Department of Astronomy's graduate program, please read all of the information provided by the Graduate School at:

Admissions Requirements for Astronomy:

Prerequisites for graduate work in astronomy are at least fifteen to eighteen semester hours of upper-division course work in astronomy and physics, which may include courses in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, statistical physics, and quantum mechanics and a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examinations Physics Test. We are not able to give a specific Physics GRE score because our process takes into consideration many factors. An applicant who does not present a satisfactory score on the Physics Test may, on recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee, be granted a conditional admission to the program, which requires the removal of deficiencies in physics.

Our Departmental Admissions Deadline is December 15. All materials must be received by this date in order for your application to be considered by our admissions committee. Follow these steps to apply to Department of Astronomy's graduate program:

Complete the online application at APPLYTEXAS. Your application will be considered complete when all of the following items are received:

  • Application Fee: $65.00 processing fee for domestic applicants; $90.00 for International applicants. Applications will not be reviewed until this fee is paid.
  • Statement of Purpose: See our Tips for Applying to Graduate School in Astronomy for information on how to write an effective personal statement.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: You will be asked to list the names and email addresses of the three people you wish to recommend you for admission. Since these letters must be kept confidential, you will also be asked to waive your right to view your letters. Once you submit your application, an email will be sent to each recommender with instructions on how to submit their letters electronically to ensure confidentiality. The letters will automatically be routed to the department. If you make a mistake on the email address or if you need to replace one recommender with another please log in to the status check and make the change. You can check to see if we have recieved your letters via the status check as well. If your professor is unable to use the online submission system, they may mail a hard copy directly to the department address listed on the right side of this page.
  • Official Transcripts: You may upload a copy of you transcript(s) after you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee. After you have submitted your application you will receive an email that contains a link to the Status Check web site where you will be able to upload your transcript. The uploaded transcript(s) is considered to be unofficial but will be used to process your application for admission. Please do not mail official transcripts or paper copies of your transcripts before you are offered admission. Sending paper copies of documents you have uploaded will significantly delay the processing of your application. Instructions for uploading the pdf of your transcript are available at http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/pdf/transcript-upload.pdf (pdf).
  • Official GRE Scores: We require scores from the Advanced Physics Subject Test as well as the general GRE. Official scores must be reported directly to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for the University of Texas at Austin is 6882. If you are taking the physics subject test on November 10, you should be able to get your scores over the phone on December 10. You can self-report your score on your CV at this time and still make the December 15 deadline. Self reported scores will suffice until the official report is available.
    http://www.ets.org/gre/subject/register/centers_dates
    http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/scores/get/#phone
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores: (International students only). More information on these tests can be found on UT's Graduate Admissions website.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Upload a PDF your current curriculum vitae with your online application. Your CV must include all of the following information in this order.
    1. Current university.
    2. Degree you expect to receive from this university (IE: BA, BS or MA? Astronomy, Physics, Dual Degree or Other?), and when it will be awarded.
    3. Previous schools and degrees awarded.
    4. Current Upper Division GPA on a 4-point scale. This is very important since it is what UT will use to determine eligibility for graduate admissions. You may need to calculate this number yourself if it's not on your transcript. Be as accurate as possible. You may find this online tool helpful: http://www.back2college.com/gpa.htm.
      To determine your upper division GPA, calculate your grade point average for ALL upper division coursework on your transcripts, including any masters work or work from other universities. This includes coursework in any subject, not just your major.
    5. Current Cumulative GPA on a 4-point scale. This is the overall GPA generally printed at the top or bottom of your official university transcripts.
    6. Current TOEFL or IELTS score (International Applicants Only).
    7. GRE Verbal Score.
    8. GRE Quantitative Score.
    9. GRE Writing Score.
    10. GRE Physics Subject Test Score.
    11. Astronomy Area of Interest/Field of Concentration.
    12. Will you be attending the annual AAS meeting in January?
    13. Awards, Honors & Scholarships.
    14. Research Experience.

Please note that the Department of Astronomy only admits graduate students for the fall semester. Exceptions for spring semester admission are sometimes made, but only under unusual and compelling circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions about Admissions

Thank you for your interest in our program. If you have any questions about the admissions procedure, please contact us at:

Department of Astronomy
Student Services Office
1 University Station, C1400
Austin TX 78712-1083

phone: (512) 471-3350
fax: (512) 471-6016
email: studentinfo@astro.as.utexas.edu


B. Astronomy Department Policy for Applicants seeking Admission as a Non-Degree-Seeking Graduate Student

  1. Applicants should note that admission as a non-degree-seeking graduate student does not imply that they will be admitted later as a degree-seeking student in the Astronomy graduate program.
  2. Applicants should follow the steps on the UT Graduate School website:
    http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/howto-nondegree.html
  3. Applicants are eligible for consideration if they have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in relevant Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy coursework, plus the following prerequisites for graduate work in Astronomy: At least fifteen to eighteen semester hours of upper-division course work in astronomy and physics, which may include courses in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, statistical physics, and quantum mechanics.
  4. Eligible candidates should submit a CV, an official transcript, a statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation via the online Apply Texas application by June 1 for admission for the following Fall semester, and by October 1 for admission the following Spring semester. You should also notify the graduate coordinator (studentinfo@astro.as.utexas.edu) since this is not our usual cycle for applications. We expect admitted students to enroll in graduate courses for a letter grade and do not anticipate allowing students to audit classes or enroll in classes on a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit basis.
  5. The Graduate Advisor, in consultation with the chair of the Graduate Admissions Committee and chair of the Graduate Studies Executive Committee (GSEC), will make a decision on admission based on the applicant's academic record and other factors. Additional material may be requested from the applicant.

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