The members of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Division all carry out active
research programs garnering widespread international recognition in
observation, theory, and instrumentation. Doctoral students
participate in a variety of research projects, which frequently incorporate
observations with the world's largest ground-based telescopes such as the
10-meter Keck telescopes in Hawaii, with orbiting observatories such as the
Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer, and GALEX, and with numerous ground-based facilities
(e.g. VLA, CTIO, KPNO, Subaru, GEMINI). Graduate students have received
funding through nationally competitive fellowships such as the NASA Graduate
Student Researcher Program and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program,
and UC-based awards such as the Eugene V. Cota-Robles, the Chancellor's, and the
Dissertation-Year Fellowships. Our Ph.D recipients have obtained prestigious
post-doctoral fellowships such as the National Research Council, Hubble,
NSF, Caltech Millikan, and Princeton Russell. UCLA also operates one of the premier
solar observatories at Mt. Wilson and is heavily involved in the space-based
solar mission Soho. In addition many students are also involved with the
construction of state-of-the-art instrumentation.
The Division of Astronomy and Astrophysics is part of the Physics and Astronomy
Department, but admits graduate students in a separate pool and administers its
own Ph.D. program. Prospective graduate students should apply early to the
Graduate Division of Admissions at UCLA. The deadline for applications for
domestic and foreign students is December for the Fall quarter of the next year.
Astronomy Graduate Course Descriptions: General degree requirements can be found on the Astronomy Graduate Program Description page. Also see the Astronomy Grad FAQs for a typical class schedule for astronomy graduate students.
Accepted Student's Guide: Information for students who have been accepted to the UCLA Astronomy graduate program but have not yet made a decision (prospective grads).
Incoming Student's Guide: Information for incoming graduate students who are definitly going to attend UCLA (incoming grads).
Astro Grad Positions: Volunteer positions filled by grads over the years. These include a faculty rep, planetarium coordinator, and webmaster as a few examples. These positions are elected on a yearly basis.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For further questions regarding the program, please email: apply "at" physics.ucla.edu.