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Graduate Program Admissions

Why choose the University of Arizona?


  • A distinguished and active faculty, including four members of the National Academy of Sciences and winners of Kavli, Sloan, Packard, MacArthur, Guggenheim, American Astronomical Society, and American Physical Society fellowships and prizes

  • Access to world-class large, medium, and small-aperture telescopes for millimeter, IR, and optical wavelengths

  • A broad and vigorous program in theoretical astrophysics, with more than 20 faculty members drawn from Astronomy, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Lunar and Planetary Sciences, and NOAO

  • Leadership in the key astronomical observatories of the next decade, including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, and the Giant Magellan Telescope

  • Innovative telescope and instrumentation research groups, including the SO Mirror Lab, the Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory, the Center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics, the Imaging Technology Lab, Infrared Detector Lab, and three radio instrumentation labs

  • Extensive supercomputing resources, set to dramatically increase with the purchase of a cutting-edge, GPU-based supercomputer funded by the NSF and UA

  • A vibrant local astronomical community, including the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory and the LSST Project.

  • For an up-to-date Graduate Brochure please click here.


Application Information

For Further Information contact:

Dr. Xiaohui Fan 2017-2018 Graduate Admissions Chair.