Prospective Student Information

New for 2020 Admissions cycle

Recognizing the challenges to teaching and learning presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provost and Deans of Yale University have adopted the following: 
Yale’s admissions offices for graduate and professional schools evaluate applicants holistically and will take the significant disruptions of COVID-19 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials relating to Spring 2020. In particular, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/Fail and other grading options during this unprecedented period, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students.
In addition, due in part to the difficulties and challenges in taking the GRE test this year, the Department of Astronomy has decided that the General and Physics GRE test will not be considered in the evaluation of graduate applications in the 2020-2021 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