Why study astronomy at UC Santa Cruz?
Consistently ranked in the top 10 worldwide for space science, UC Santa Cruz is known for breakthrough discoveries on explosive phenomena in the cosmos, the origins of gravitational waves, stellar and planetary structure, the secrets of potentially habitable exoplanets, and all aspects of observational, optical, and infrared astronomy. If you’re looking to study high-impact space science, we’re the premier experts for developing unprecedented technologies that lead humanity deeper into space, allow scientists to see sharper images, and enable researchers to analyze big data more efficiently.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree policies
Department: Astronomy & Astrophysics
Program size: ~30 students/year
Student to faculty ratio: 2:1
Student funding: 100% RECEIVE support
The Astronomy & Astrophysics Ph.D. program is intended for those with a deep interest in the subject. Students are trained in the latest techniques in computation, data analysis, and instrumentation, which have wide utility in academia and in industry. The interests of the faculty embrace a wide range of theoretical, observational, and instrumentation aspects of astronomy.
How to apply
Application deadline: January 10, 2020
We receive more than 150 applications annually. Of these, we accept 15 to 30 into our competitive program. The majority of successful applicants have an undergraduate degree in physics or astrophysics with strong demonstrated academic and research performance. We look for strong letters of recommendation and read your “Statement of Purpose” and “Personal History Statement” carefully. Our goal is to identify enthusiastic students who are well-prepared to thrive in an exciting research environment, and who will make the best use of the particular strengths and opportunities in our department.
We encourage all prospective students to visit us. Students accepted into our program are invited to a departmental visit in winter quarter. During this visit, prospective students meet with faculty and current graduate students, learn about our program and research, and explore our campus!
Detailed application materials and instructions are available through the UC Santa Cruz Graduate Division. You can check the status of your application online or by calling the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics office at 831-459-3081 (10 A.M.–3 P.M.).