UW-Madison Graduate School

The UW-Madison Office of Graduate Admissions coordinates the application process for all UW 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:



The same policy applies to incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Include in the University online application 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 for US applicants, official transcript for international applicants (include a separate 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)

Please Note:  All components of the application are essential for consideration of your application for admission.  If you are unable to submit any of these items electronically, please contact the Graduate Coordinator for assistance.

The application deadline for Fall, 2020 admission is December 31, 2019.

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