Information for Prospective Graduate Students
Graduate AdmissionThe deadline for applications for the 2019-2020 academic year is January 6th, 11:59 pm CST.

Required materials:
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • TOEFL for International Students; English Language Requirements
  • A complete application includes the General and Subject GRE scores. While these tests are not required, submitting the applicable scores is very strongly recommended and may be viewed favorably by the admissions committee.
  • Application fee: $90 (Application Fee Waivers)

Please Note: Most of the people who apply successfully to our graduate program have strong backgrounds in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics. If an applicant does not hold a degree in these areas, it is important to demonstrate that he or she has the necessary background to succeed in the program. Evidence of a solid foundation in physics and mathematics obtained through coursework or other experiences should be provided to demonstrate that the applicant is prepared for graduate-level work in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

If you have any questions about admission please contact Laticia Rebeles, Graduate Student Affairs Administrator.

The best place to start the process of applying to our doctoral program is the University of Chicago Graduate Admissions website. Under, Find Your Graduate Program and Apply, we are the Physical Sciences.

Scientific Projects
The University of Chicago is home to many of the most exciting projects in astrophysics and cosmology. Each of these projects has the potential individually to revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos. Together, they may well provide us with a consistent view of how structure in the universe formed. When considering these along with all the other astrophysics initiatives at UChicago, one is led to the inescapable conclusion that Chicago truly is the Center of the Universe. Projects include:

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Chicago is part of the Dark Energy Survey (DES).

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Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), Chicago is a Founding Member of the Giant Magellan Telescope.

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Chicago is part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO).

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Chicago is an active member in the Large
Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).

Magellan Telescopes (MT), Chicago has access to time on the twin Magellan telescopes.

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MAROON-X: M dwarf Advanced Radial velocity Observer Of Neighboring eXoplanets. We are building a new instrument with the capability to detect Earth-size planets in the habitable zones of mid- to late-M dwarfs using the radial velocity method.

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South Pole Telescope (SPT), Chicago leads the South Pole Telescope project.