What are the basic requirements to apply to the department? An applicant for admission must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or
university and must have the necessary academic preparation to participate successfully in graduate level courses.
For students who are interested in a fee waiver, please consult the Graduate Division Admissions
website for more information.
The Department only considers graduate applications for the fall quarter. Applications are evaluated only when all of the materials listed below
What we require
- Online graduate admissions application.
- A statement of purpose.
- A personal statement.
- Three letters of recommendation: enter names & information of recommenders in the online application; they will receive an email with link to
upload their letter.
- 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 for the Physics PhD:
- GRE physics and GRE general scores are required for students applying to the PhD program in physics.
- Applicants may self-report GRE scores or upload an unofficial GRE score report in lieu of an official report. Official GRE score reports
are required if admitted.
- Send official reports to UCLA institution code 4837, Physics major code: 0808
- 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.
GRE Physics and GRE general scores for the Astronomy & Astrophysics PhD:
- GRE physics and GRE general scores are recommended but not required for students applying to the PhD program in astronomy and astrophysics.
- 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
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.
We encourage all U.S. citizens and permanent residents to submit the fellowship application.
For the Astronomy & Astrophysics PhD only
The University of California recently changed the distribution of funds available for graduate student support in such a way that it is now more difficult for
the Astronomy and Astrophysics Division to support graduate students from overseas on fellowships. International applicants to the Astronomy and Astrophysics PhD
are therefore urged to contact specific faculty members whose research is of interest to see whether research assistant positions are available.
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.