NOTE: The information below describes our general graduate admissions policies. However, CWRU Astronomy will not be accepting applications for graduate study beginning in the 2019/2020 academic year.

The department offers a graduate program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in astronomy. Current research provides opportunities in optical observational astronomy as well as computational theory. Prospective graduate students must submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applications are considered holistically; there is no minimum score required to be considered for admission. The Physics GRE is not required; please do not send us Physics GRE scores, as they will not be considered during the review process. Further information on the department’s graduate programs, and details concerning financial aid, are available through the departmental office.

More information about graduate studies at CWRU can be found at the website of the School of Graduate Studies. Information about the online application process can be found here.

Graduate applications in astronomy are normally due by January 15 for admission in the following fall; however, under special circumstances late applications will be considered.

Qualified applicants for whom English is not a first language and whose TOEFL or IELTS scores fall between 75 and 89 (TOEFL internet-based test) or 6 and 6.5 (IELTS) might be eligible for the Academic English Proficiency Program.

If you have questions about the Astronomy graduate program, contact Professor Stacy McGaugh at