Astronomy & Astrophysics (Ph.D.)

The Astronomy program offers a Doctoral degree. 

Important: Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation are required of all applicants. 

 

Read the Application Instructions​ page for full details.

See the test score requirements for this program.

Below are specific requirements also needed for this program:

  • Résumé

  • A Statement of purpose is required: 

    • Please describe your plans for graduate study or research  Include any information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and qualifications for graduate study at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

    • Recommended length is a concise 2 pages.

  • A Personal History Statement is also required:

    • This statement will be used in conjunction with your application for graduate admission and financial support. Note that the Personal History Statement should not duplicate the Statement of Purpose.

    • Recommended length is a concise 2 pages.

    • UC Santa Cruz is interested in a diverse and inclusive graduate student population. In an essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.

   

 Fee Waiver: 

ALL applicants are eligible to apply for a fee waiver. Applicants who do not qualify for a fee waiver through the application portal (including International Students) may apply directly to the Astronomy & Astrophysics Department. The department has a limited number of waivers available and will evaluate requests on a case by case basis. 

Requirements and Instructions:

  1. At minimum, have completed, uploaded, and submitted the following items to your application: statement of purpose, personal history statement, statement of financial need, and your resume.

  2. Have not yet paid for your application to the University.

  3. Requesting the fee waiver:

    1. Domestic Students: In the application portal, follow the directions for requesting a fee waiver. If you are denied a fee waiver, please contact astrogradinfo@ucsc.edu to state why you are requesting a fee waiver and attach your statement of need. If you are granted a fee waiver by the department, we will provide additional directions for how to complete the fee waiver section in the application portal.

    2. International Students: International students are not eligible to request a fee waiver in the application portal. Instead, contact astrogradinfo@ucsc.edu to state why you are requesting a fee waiver and attach your statement of need. If you are granted a fee waiver, we will provide additional directions for how to complete the fee waiver section in the application portal.

NOTE: The Department is unlikely to grant a fee waiver to individuals for more than one application cycle.

 

See the application deadline

 

Contact the program

Read more about this program:

https://www.astro.ucsc.edu/academics/graduates/.