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
Why Yale Astronomy for your PhD?
- Access to world-class observing facilities
- A wide range of research interests across department/faculty members
- Easy access to high performance computing facilities
- Click below for a downloadable version of “Why Yale” infographic
How to Apply
- All applicants should submit their application through the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application system by (TBD for 2020)
- Applicants may be invited for a phone interview
- Click below for a downloadable version of the “Road Map” to the Yale Astronomy PhD Program
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