The application deadline was January 15, 2021. Due to a high volume of applications, no late or incomplete submissions will be accepted. A complete application packet includes letters of recommendation and personal statements. 

Offers of admission are typically sent no later than mid-March. Please refrain from sending admission inquiries prior to April. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Students offered admission will need to submit their official transcripts. International applicants must review language criteria and submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. 

See full application details in How to Apply.


How to apply


App checklist

Why Utah?



A little about us

Physicists and Astronomers join our department because of the collaborative opportunities, interdisciplinary research labs, academic reputation, and beautiful surroundings - among other benefits.  We invite you to learn about our research opportunities and programmatic offerings so you can decide if our program is right for you. To that end, we are here to answer any questions you may have about the program, the application, or life in Salt Lake City. Before applying, you may want to peruse our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and carefully review the detailed instructions on How to Apply

Required Application Materials

All materials must be submitted through the ApplyYourself portal. Incomplete applications, including those without 3 letters of recommendation, will not be considered. 

Applications for admission to the graduate program are evaluated during the month of February. The recommendations of the Admissions Committee are sent to the Graduate Admissions Office of the University of Utah. The formal decision on admission is made by the University's Graduate Admissions Office, which will then notify you directly of its decision. Please note that on rare occasions the Graduate Admissions Office may decide against the recommendation of the Physics Astronomy Department; consequently the letter from the Physics Astronomy Department does not constitute formal acceptance.

The University of Utah is fully committed to policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity, and vigorously pursues affirmative action in all programs, activities, and employment with regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, and status as a handicapped individual.

Religion, sexual orientation, and status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era also are protected under nondiscrimination and equal opportunity employment policies. Evidence of practices not consistent with this policy should be reported to the Office of the President of the University, 801-581-8365. Any false or misleading information provided in the support of this application may result in dismissal from the Graduate School.

Last Updated: 3/2/21