Graduate admissions

The Department only considers graduate applications for the fall quarter. Applications are evaluated only when all of the materials listed below are received. We require:
  • Online graduate admissions application.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Three letters of recommendation: enter names & information of recommenders in the online application; they will receive an email with link to upload their letter. If letters have already been mailed, enter names of recommenders online or the application will not be considered complete for submission.
  • Transcripts: All applicants may upload unofficial copies of transcripts with the application for review purposes. If you are recommended for admission and decide to accept the offer, you must submit final, official copies of your transcript for final approval of your admission by Graduate Division's Graduate Admissions Office.
  • GRE physics and GRE general scores are recommended but not required.  Applicants may self-report GRE scores or upload an unofficial GRE score report in lieu of an official report.  If you so choose, send official reports to UCLA institution code 4837,  Astronomy & Astrophysics major code: 0801. We will accept GRE scores from tests taken within the last 5 years. If the test was taken multiple times, enter the most recent scores on the online application.
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores (international). Request official report from ETS Physics Deptartment/major code: 76 / Astro 61. We will accept TOEFL scores from tests taken within the last 2 years. Acceptable scores include: TOEFL: 570 (paper), 230 (computer), TOEFL IBT: 88, IELTS: 7.0. Send TOEFL scores to the department and IELTS scores to both the Department & Grad Division:
    UCLA Department of Physics & Astronomy, Graduate Office, 430 Portola Plaza, Box 951547, Los Angeles CA 90095-1547
    UCLA Graduate Admissions Student & Academic Affairs, 1255 Murphy Hall Box 951428, Los Angeles CA 90095-1428.
  • Fellowship application: we encourage all U.S. citizens and permanent residents to submit the fellowship application.

Deadline to submit application is December 15. Scores and letters should reach us by the first week in January. Note: only the required application application items will be evaluated. Do not mail or upload any other supplemental documents or any duplicates of uploaded application items.

Questions? Contact us by email or phone (310) 206-6994.