Prospective Student Information

2021-2022 Admissions cycle

The Department of Astronomy evaluates applicants holistically and will take the significant disruptions of COVID-19 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials. In particular, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/Fail and other grading options for the Spring 2020 semester. 


In addition, due in part to the continuing difficulties and challenges in taking the GRE test this year, the Department has decided that the General and Physics GRE test will not be considered in the evaluation of graduate applications in the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.


Astronomy and Physics Webinar 2019

Click here to view the Astronomy and Physics Webinar from November 21, 2019

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.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Application fee (please refer to Fees section).
  • General GRE - NOT ACCEPTED
  • Physics GRE - NOT ACCEPTED