\ UCLA - Division of Astronomy & Astrophysics - Graduate Program

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 15 for the Fall quarter of the next year.

Physics & Astronomy Graduate Program
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.
Recent Alumni Highlights
  Jessica Lu - faculty Hawaii
  Shelley Wright - faculty Toronto
  Bruce Macintosh - faculty Stanford
  Quinn Konopacky - lead author of paper in Science
  Ian Crossfield - lead author of paper in Nature

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For further questions regarding the program, please email: apply "at" physics.ucla.edu.