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Astronomy Graduate Program

The University of California, San Diego is pleased to offer a doctoral degree program in Astronomy & Astrophysics. Doctoral students have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge astronomical and astrophysical research while training at UC San Diego. Our faculty research spans the full range of cosmic scales, from exoplanets to cosmology. UC San Diego has access to a number of prime astronomy research facilities, including the W.M. Keck Observatory, Lick Observatory, and the Simons Observatory, as well as all US national facilities. Students will also have the opportunity to take courses aimed at preparing them for a successful career in astrophysics or related fields. The program is structured to get students involved in research as early as possible in their career, while also offering additional opportunities in teaching and professional development. The Astronomy & Astrophysics Ph.D. program for AY2023-24 is administered by the Department of Physics as the program transfers to the new department.

Astronomy applications for the Fall 2025 class are due on December 2024. Apply through the UCSD application portal: