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.

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. Please upload unofficial transcripts under Part C: Supporting Documents in the 'Supplemental Application' section of the Graduate School Application. (Note: official transcripts must be mailed to the Astronomy Department upon admission to our program.)
  2. Astronomy courses currently enrolled in for fall and spring, if not listed on the transcript. (Please include this as a separate page in the Astronomy Supplemental Application, which is included in the Graduate School application.)
  3. Statement on 'Reasons for Graduate Study in Astronomy'. (The Graduate School application includes a statement section consisting of 2 parts; a statement of your Reasons for Graduate Studies and a section where you can list any additional information not requested elsewhere on this application, including additional schools, awards or journal articles etc. You should prepare these separately and paste your text into the application.)
  4. Three letters of recommendation from people well acquainted with your academic work. Letter of Recommendation Process

Optional Application Material Information:  

   

Résumé, published papers, or other information that would be of interest to the Admissions Committee can be uploaded under Part C: Supporting Documents in the 'Supplemental Application' section of the Graduate School Application.

 

International Applicants Must Also Provide:

 

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

Application Deadline:  

The deadline for applications for admission in Fall, 2020 is December 31, 2019.  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 by December 31, 2019.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Graduate Admissions Coordinator, Heather Sauer, hsauer@wisc.edu, 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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