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Application Info

The deadline to apply for admission to the PhD program in Astronomy and Astrophysics is December 15.

What is required for admission to the Michigan Astronomy graduate program?

  • A bachelor's degree with a major in physics, astronomy, or a related field.
  • GRE General test is required. GRE Physics test scores are not required, and are not considered.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose, and a Personal Statement.
  • Official transcripts are required. 
  • Students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English (e.g. TOEFL exam). Please see Rackham’s English Proficiency Requirements for more information.

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted online via the Rackham Graduate School website. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review Rackham's Checklist for Completing the Application Process for an overview of the application process. Click here to apply online.

What support is provided to PhD students?

Graduate students in Astronomy receive a monthly stipend, tuition waiver, plus health and dental coverage. 

We also support student applications for prestigious national fellowships such as NSF and NASA.

More detailed information is available at:

What are the application fees?

  • United States citizens and those with permanent resident visa status, $75
  • Non-U.S. citizens, $90

This fee is due at the time of application, is non-refundable and is subject to change.

If the application fee presents an extreme financial hardship, U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be eligible for a fee waiver as outlined on the Rackham website. Both international applicants and other applicants who are not eligible for an above fee waiver, and for whom the application fee presents an extreme financial hardship, may contact the department at Requests for fee waivers must be receved by December 5, 2018 in order to be considered. 

How many official copies of my transcript do you need, and where do I send them?

Scanned copies of official transcripts should be uploaded to the online application. In addition, official transcripts from degree-granting institutions should be mailed directly to Rackham Admissions. For more information on transcript requirements and how to submit transcripts, please visit Rackham Graduate School's website. For questions regarding academic records from non-U.S. institutions, please visit the Rackham page on required academic credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions

Where do my recommenders send their letters of recommendation?

Recommenders must submit their letters online. When an applicant registers their recommenders' names in ApplyWeb, the recommenders are automatically sent an email with a link to enter the recommendation online. Applicants can check the status of their recommendations on the ApplyWeb Activity Page. Please see Rackham's page on letters of recommendation for more information.

What are the GRE and TOEFL codes?

  • Institution Code: 1839, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • GRE Department Code: 0801, Astronomy
  • TOEFL Department Code: 0061, Astronomy

I won't have my GRE scores until after the aplication deadline. What do I do?

Simply complete the online application by the deadline, and we will add your scores to your file when they arrive.

Where can I find additional resources?

For questions not addressed here, please email or
phone 734-764-3440.