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

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, 2014. 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:

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.

Graduate and International Admissions Center

Contact Graduate Admissions


Department of Astronomy

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

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