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Astronomy Graduate Program

The University of California, San Diego is pleased to offer a new doctoral degree program in Astronomy. Doctoral students have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge astronomical and astrophysical research while training at UC San Diego. Our faculty research spans the full range of cosmic scales, from nuclear and particle astrophysics through cosmology. UC San Diego has access to a number of prime astronomy research facilities, including the W.M. Keck Observatory, Lick Observatory, and the Simons Observatory, as well as all US national facilities. Students will also have the opportunity to take courses aimed at preparing them for a successful career in astrophysics or related fields. The program is structured to get students involved in research as early as possible in their career, while also offering additional opportunities in teaching and professional development. The Astronomy Ph.D. program is administered by the Department of Physics, but is a fully independent degree program from the Physics Ph.D. Applications.

Astronomy applications for the Fall 2023 class are due on 7 December 2022. Note that applicants requesting application fee waivers should complete your application one week earlier on 30 November 2022. Apply through the UCSD application portal: