Prospective Student Information

Why Yale Astronomy for your PhD?

How to Apply

General requirements

Applicants are expected to have a strong undergraduate preparation in physics and mathematics. Although some formal training in astronomy is useful, it is by no means a prerequisite for admission. 

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) prior to matriculation at Yale.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • Unofficial transcripts for each prior college or university attended.
  • A General GRE is required, the Physics GRE is optional (you will not be penalized if you do not submit the Physics GRE scores, but they will be taken into consideration if submitted.)
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Application fee (please refer to Fees section).