Graduate Schools

Planetary science is a dynamic and diverse discipline. Typically, research scientists earn a PhD in a field such as geology, chemistry, astronomy, physics, etc. while focusing their research in that area to planetary or solar system oriented topics. Because of the great diversity in represented fields, we have attempted to compile a list of the graduate programs which can lead to a PhD with a planetary science focus. The table is divided into sections based on location, either in the USA/Canada or International. The USA/Canada group is further subdivided by size as defined by the number of planetary science researchers at the institution based on DPS membership. The entries below the table include information on the major fields of study, degrees offered, and information related to applying for the particular graduate program. The list and information here are meant as a starting point, a first-stop to see a summary of such information all at once. Of course, if you plan to apply to any of these programs, be sure to contact them directly to be sure to get the most up-to-date details. In general, application deadlines are in December for admission to the program in the following Fall semester and will typically require GRE scores at the time of the application, so plan ahead!

While the list is extensive, it is most likely not comprehensive and we are always happy to add programs as we find out about them. If you have any additions, corrections, or additional information, please let us know! — David Klassen, Brian Jackson, Nick Schneider

USA/Canada—Large USA/Canada—Medium International

Arizona State University
School of Earth and Space Exploration

    Fields Studied: geophysics, planetary science, geobiology, planetary surfaces
    URL: http://sese.asu.edu/
    State: AZ
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.00
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: ~30
    Number of Students: ~75
    Fraction Admitted: ~20%
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: bdial@asu.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: TA or RA offered to all admitted students
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 01 Oct
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 30 Nov 2013

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Boston University
Astronomy

    Fields Studied: astrophysics, planetary atmospheres, planetary Ionospheres, space physics
    URL: http://www.bu.edu/astronomy/
    State: MA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MA, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 18
    Number of Students: 30–40
    Fraction Admitted: ~20%
    Nearby Research Institutions: MIT, Harvard and the Center for Astrophysics
    Admissions email address: withers@bu.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Guaranteed five years of funding for all students
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 21 May 2013

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Brown University
Planetary Geosciences

    Fields Studied: geophysics, planetary surfaces
    URL: http://www.planetary.brown.edu/
    State: RI
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: No
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
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    Admissions email address: Patricia_Davey@brown.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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California Institute of Technology
Geological and Planetary Sciences

    Fields Studied: all areas
    URL: http://www.gps.caltech.edu/
    State: CA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Recommended
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 12
    Number of Students: 20
    Fraction Admitted: 10%
    Nearby Research Institutions: JPL
    Admissions email address: clay@gps.caltech.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: All admitted students guaranteed funding
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: Exoplanet research can be pursued in Planetary Sciences or Astronomy
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Catholic University of American
Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Science

    Fields Studied: lunar science, Mars, cometary science, Saturn system
    URL: http://iacs.cua.edu/
    State: MD
    Country: USA
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Clemson University
Physics & Astronomy

    Fields Studied: meteorites, star dust
    URL: http://www.clemson.edu/ces/physics-astro/
    State: SC
    Country: USA
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Colorado School of Mines
Geophysics

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    URL: http://geophysics.mines.edu/
    State: CO
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.00
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: No
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 25
    Number of Students: ~100
    Fraction Admitted: ~22%
    Nearby Research Institutions: University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Colorado at Denver, University of Denver, Colorado State University 
    Admissions email address: grad-app@mines.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Yes: Teaching and research assistantships
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 01 Oct
    Notes: http://www.mines.edu/Deadlines_GS for deadlines details
    Entry last updated: 05 May 2013

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Cornell University
Astronomy

    Fields Studied: astronomy, astrophysics, evolution of planetary systems, atmospheric physics, ionospheric physics, IR observing, optical observing, planetary atmospheres, interiors, surfaces, exoplanets, Mars, small bodies, rings, instrumentation
    URL: http://www.astro.cornell.edu/
    State: NY
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics required
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 15–20
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted: a few %
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: chernoff@astro.cornell.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Funding guaranteed through RAs and TAs
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Florida Institute of Technology
Physics and Space Sciences

    Fields Studied: planetary geology, exoplanets, Kuiper belt objects, astrobiology
    URL: http://cos.fit.edu/pss/
    State: FL
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.00
    General GRE required: Recommended but not required
    Subject GRE required: Physics recommended but not required
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 15
    Number of Students: ~50
    Fraction Admitted: ~50%
    Nearby Research Institutions: Kennedy Space Center, University of Central Florida
    Admissions email address: universe@fit.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: TA and RA available
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: 3.2 GPA is recommended for PhD students
    Entry last updated: 30 Nov 2013

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George Mason University
Physics and Astronomy

    Fields Studied: planetary atmospheres
    URL: http://www.physics.gmu.edu/
    State: VA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

    Fields Studied: atmospheric chemistry & physics, geophysics, geochemistry, oceanography, climate, remote sensing, planetary surfaces, planetary magnetospheres & ionospheres
    URL: http://planet.eas.gatech.edu
    State: GA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: No
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 26
    Number of Students: 90–100
    Fraction Admitted: 25%
    Nearby Research Institutions: UGA, GA State Univ, DNR, USGS
    Admissions email address: kim.cobb@eas.gatech.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Almost all full-time students are offered GRA/GTA funding, which is $25,500/year.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
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    Entry last updated: 01 May 2013

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Hampton University
Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

    Fields Studied: planetary atmospheres, geophysics
    URL: http://science.hamptonu.edu/aps/
    State: VA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.00
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: No
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 3
    Number of Students: 3
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions: NASA Langley Research Center, National Instituite of Aerospace
    Admissions email address: robert.loughman@hamptonu.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01 Jun
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 01 Nov
    Notes: Contact latoya.parker@hamptonu.edu for questions about the application process
    Entry last updated: 13 Feb 2013

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Harvard University
Earth and Planetary Sciences

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    URL: http://www.eps.harvard.edu
    State: MA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: PhD
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    Admissions email address: sujoy@eps.harvard.edu
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    Application deadline for Fall admit: 31 Dec
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Howard University
Physics and Astronomy

    Fields Studied: atmospheric physics
    URL: http://www.physics1.howard.edu/index.html
    State: DC
    Country: USA
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Institutet för rymdfysik
Swedish Institute of Space Physics

    Fields Studied: atmospheric physics, solar-terrestrial physics, solar system physics, space technology, space plasma physics, physics in space 
    URL: http://www.irfu.se/index.htm
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    Country: Sweden
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    Notes: Secondary contact bt@irfu.se
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Johns Hopkins University
Earth and Planetary Sciences

    Fields Studied: planetary atmospheres, geochemistry, geophysics
    URL: http://eps.jhu.edu/
    State: MD
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: PhD
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Kansas University
Physics

 
 

Keele University
Astrophysics Group

    Fields Studied: exoplanet search
    URL: http://www.astro.keele.ac.uk/
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    Country: UK
    Degrees Offered: PhD
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Kyung Hee University
Astronomy and Space Science

    Fields Studied: solar physics, planetary magnetosphere
    URL: http://www.kyunghee.edu/academics03_49.php
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    Country: South Korea
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Leiden University
Leiden Observatory

    Fields Studied: stars, planetary systems
    URL: http://www.strw.leidenuniv.nl/
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    Country: Denmark
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

    Fields Studied: small bodies, atmospheric physics, geodesy, radio astronomy, geophysics, instrumentation, geomagnetism, astrobiology, planetary evolution, exoplanets, hydrodynamics, solar system dynamics, rings
    URL: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/
    State: MA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics or Chemistry
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 9 specifically in planetary science, 38 total
    Number of Students: 13 of 175 in planetary science
    Fraction Admitted: 20–25%
    Nearby Research Institutions: Harvard, Tufts, Boston Univiversity, Boston College, among many others
    Admissions email address: eapsinfo@mit.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: PhD students are guaranteed funding, masters students are not
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 05 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 01 Sep
    Notes: Our department is very interdisciplinary, with researchers in all areas of geophysical sciences. We actively foster communication among the various research groups.
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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New Mexico State University
Astronomy

    Fields Studied: planetary atmospheres, binary stars, exoplanets, helioseismology, asteroseismology, solar atmosphere, interstellar medium, galactic structure, quasars, cosmology
    URL: http://astronomy.nmsu.edu
    State: NM
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 10 and 2–3 research faculty
    Number of Students: ~30
    Fraction Admitted: 15–18%
    Nearby Research Institutions: NM Institute of Mining and Tech., VLA Radio Array, National Solar Obs., Apache Point Obs., Univ. of New Mexico, Air Force Res. Lab, Los Alamos Nat'l Lab, Sandia Nat'l Lab, Univ. of TX El Paso
    Admissions email address: gradapps@astronomy.nmsu.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: All admitted students guaranteed funding
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01 Feb
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: Guaranteed time on ARC 3.5-meter telescope at APO; 1-meter telescope at APO; member Sloan Digital Sky Survey
    Entry last updated: 01 May 2013

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Northern Arizona University
Physics and Astronomy

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    URL: http://www.physics.nau.edu/
    State: AZ
    Country: USA
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Northwestern University
Earth and Planetary Sciences

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    URL: http://www.earth.northwestern.edu/
    State: IL
    Country: USA
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Princeton University
Astrophysical Sciences

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    URL: http://www.princeton.edu/astro/
    State: NJ
    Country: USA
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Purdue University
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

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    URL: http://www.purdue.edu/eas/
    State: IN
    Country: USA
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Rice University
Physics and Astronomy

    Fields Studied: space physics, galactic astronomy, high energy astrophysics, nuclear & particle physics, atomic/molecular physics, optical physics, condensed matter, solar physics
    URL: http://www.physics.rice.edu/
    State: TX
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Recommended
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 4
    Number of Faculty: 46
    Number of Students: 131
    Fraction Admitted: 27%
    Nearby Research Institutions: Univ. of Houston, Houston Baptist Univ., St. Thomas Univ., Texas Southern Univ.
    Admissions email address: physgrad@rice.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: All admitted students guaranteed funding
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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SUNY Stony Brook
Geosciences

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    URL: http://www.geosciences.stonybrook.edu/
    State: NY
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
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    Admissions email address: bbarbour@notes.cc.sunysb.edu
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    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 01 Oct
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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SUNY Stony Brook
Physics and Astronomy 

    Fields Studied: exoplanets, planet formation
    URL: http://www.astro.sunysb.edu/
    State: NY
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.00
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics recommended
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
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    Funding available: All students admitted to our Department will receive financial support during their studies.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Texas Tech University
Geosciences

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    URL: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gesc/
    State: TX
    Country: USA
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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The Australian National University
Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

    Fields Studied: planetary science
    URL: http://www.mso.anu.edu.au/PSI/Welcome.html
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    Country: Australia
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University College London
Astrophysics Group

    Fields Studied: planetary atmospheres, exoplanets, planetary geology
    URL: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/star/
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    Country: UK
    Degrees Offered: PhD
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Alaska Fairbanks
Geophysical Institute

    Fields Studied: atmospheric physics, geophysics, volcanology
    URL: http://www.gi.alaska.edu/
    State: AK
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Arizona
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

    Fields Studied: planetary atmospheres, surfaces, exoplanets
    URL: www.lpl.arizona.edu
    State: AZ
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
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    Application deadline for Fall admit: 08 Jan
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Arkansas
Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences

    Fields Studied: exoplanets, planetary atmospheres, astrobiology, geophysics
    URL: http://spacecenter.uark.edu/
    State: AR
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Recommended
    Subject GRE required: None
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 2
    Number of Faculty:
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    Admissions email address: jcdixon@uark.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 30 Sep
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of British Columbia
Institute of Planetary Science

    Fields Studied: planetary interiors, planetary magnetic fields, planet formation, observations of asteroids and comets, exoplanet observations
    URL: http://www.ipsubc.org
    State: BC
    Country: Canada
    Degrees Offered: MSc, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: No
    Subject GRE required: None
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 0
    Number of Faculty: 5
    Number of Students: 7
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions: Hertaberg Institute (NRC), University of Victoria
    Admissions email address:
    Admissions URL: http://www.ipsubc.org/studentopps.php
    Funding available: Yes
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: Honors undergraduate degree required for admission
    Entry last updated: 17 Jan 2013

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University of California Berkeley
Astronomy

    Fields Studied:
    URL: http://astro.berkeley.edu/
    State: CA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MA, MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics required
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
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    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: dexters@astro.berkeley.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 07 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of California Berkeley
Earth and Planetary Science

    Fields Studied: planetary atmospheres, exoplanets, planetary formation, astrobiology, geophysics
    URL: http://eps.berkeley.edu/
    State: CA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MA, MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: No
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: margie@eps.berkeley.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 21 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of California Los Angeles
Astronomy and Astrophysics

    Fields Studied: exoplanets, instrumentation, particles and fields, satellites, small bodies, terrestrial planets, giant planets
    URL: http://www.astro.ucla.edu/
    State: CA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics required
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: jlee@physics.ucla.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: In general, our admitted students are fully funded, through fellowships and grants, teaching assistant, or research assistant opportunities.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 17 Jan 2013

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University of California Los Angeles
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

    Fields Studied: climate, space physics
    URL: http://www.atmos.ucla.edu/
    State: CA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: carolina@atmos.ucla.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: In general, our admitted students are fully funded, through fellowships and grants, teaching assistant, or research assistant opportunities.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of California Los Angeles
Earth and Space Sciences

    Fields Studied: geophysics, planetary science, geobiology
    URL: http://www.ess.ucla.edu/
    State: CA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: holbrook@ess.ucla.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: In general, our admitted students are fully funded through fellowships, teaching assistantships, and/or research asssitantships.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of California Santa Cruz
Earth and Planetary Sciences

    Fields Studied:
    URL: http://www.es.ucsc.edu/
    State: CA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: No
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions: NASA Ames
    Admissions email address: jfish@pmc.ucsc.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Yes (In general, our admitted students are fully funded through fellowships, teaching assistantships, and/or research assitantships.) 
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 05 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Cambridge
Institute for Astronomy

    Fields Studied: exoplanets, planetary system dynamics, protoplanetary disks
    URL: http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/
    State:
    Country: UK
    Degrees Offered:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Cantebury
Physics and Astronomy

    Fields Studied: extrasolar planetary systems, aeronomy
    URL: http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/
    State:
    Country: New Zealand
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Central Florida
Planetary Sciences Group

    Fields Studied: exoplanets, cometary science, dust dynamics, planet formation, planetary rings, asteroids, meteorites, surface science, atmospheric and surface impacts
    URL: http://planets.ucf.edu/
    State: FL
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.00
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics recommended, not required
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 5 professors, 4+ senior researchers who can advise PhD students
    Number of Students: 14
    Fraction Admitted: highly competative
    Nearby Research Institutions: Florida Space Institute, CREOL, NASA Kenney Space Center
    Admissions email address: britt@physics.ucf.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Yes
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 01 Nov
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 30 Nov 2013

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University of Chicago
Astronomy and Astrophysics

    Fields Studied: solar system astronomy
    URL: http://astro.uchicago.edu/index.shtml
    State: IL
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
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    No. of Rec Letters needed:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Funding available:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Chicago
Geophysical Sciences

    Fields Studied: Exoplanets, planetary dynamics, solar system formation, planetary climate dynamics, cosmochemistry, meteoritics
    URL: http://geosci.uchicago.edu/
    State: IL
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Optional
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 24
    Number of Students: 40
    Fraction Admitted: ~10%
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: davidtaylor@geosci.uchicago.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Yes
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 13 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 30 Nov 2013

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University of Colorado
Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Physics, Geological Sciences, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Aerospace Engineering, Chemistry

    Fields Studied: extrasolar planets, planetary magnetospheres, planetary atmospheres, Mars geology, aurora, rings,  interplanetary dust, astrobiology, instrumentation, dynamics, planetary interiors, surfaces, atmospheres, magnetospheres, rings, dust, moons, dynamics, astrobiology, extrasolar planets, instrumentation
    URL: http://lasp.colorado.edu/planetary/
    State: CO
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics required for some departments
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 20  (7 APS, 3 Phys, 3 Geo, 1 AaOS, 5 AE, 1 Chem) 
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted: varies with department
    Nearby Research Institutions: SWRI, SSI, UCAR
    Admissions email address:
    Admissions URL: http://lasp.colorado.edu/planetary/departments.html
    Funding available: Yes, varies with department
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: 21 Jan deadline for international admission
    Entry last updated: 01 Jun 2013

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University of Florida, Gainsville
Astronomy

    Fields Studied: exoplanets, solar system
    URL: http://www.astro.ufl.edu/
    State: FL
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
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    No. of Rec Letters needed:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Hawaii
Institute for Astronomy

    Fields Studied: Pluto, planetary atmospheres, asteroids, comets, exoplanets, astrobiology
    URL: http://ifa.hawaii.edu/
    State: HI
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics required
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: gradchair@ifa.hawaii.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 31 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Hawaii
Institute of Geophysics and Planetology

    Fields Studied: planetary geology, geochemistry of Moon and Mars, cosmochemistry, remote sensing, building small satellites
    URL: http://www.higp.hawaii.edu/
    State: HI
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.00
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: No
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 42 (16 with planetary focus)
    Number of Students: 18 (~9 with planetary focus)
    Fraction Admitted: ~15–20%
    Nearby Research Institutions: University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy
    Admissions email address: ggdept@soest.hawaii.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Most students funded on research assistantships, rest on teaching assistantships
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 15 Aug
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 13 Feb 2013

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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Geology

    Fields Studied:
    URL: http://www.geology.illinois.edu/
    State: IL
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Iowa
Physics and Astronomy

    Fields Studied: space physics
    URL: http://www.physics.uiowa.edu/
    State: IA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Subject tests recommended
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: physics-admissions@uiowa.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Ninety-five percent of our new graduate students receive financial support, either from us or from their own governments.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Manchester
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

    Fields Studied: extrasolar planets
    URL: http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/
    State:
    Country: UK
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
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    No. of Rec Letters needed:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Manitoba
Physics and Astronomy

    Fields Studied: submillimeter astronomy, planetary science
    URL: http://www.physics.umanitoba.ca/
    State:
    Country: Canada
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required:
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    No. of Rec Letters needed:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Maryland
Astronomy

    Fields Studied: exoplanets, cometary science, dust dynamics, planet formation, planetary rings
    URL: http://www.astro.umd.edu/
    State: MD
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.00
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 16
    Number of Students: 35–40
    Fraction Admitted: ~20%
    Nearby Research Institutions: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Johns Hopikns University, Carnegie Institution, US Naval Observatory
    Admissions email address: astr-grad@deans.umd.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Minimum of 6 years, assuming adequate progress toward the degree
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 17 Jan 2013

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University of Massachusetts Amherst
Astronomy

    Fields Studied: asteroids and near-Earth objects, protoplanetary science, astrobiology, radar astronomy
    URL: http://www.astro.umass.edu/index.php
    State: MA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Funding available:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Michigan 
Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences

    Fields Studied: climate, space physics
    URL: http://aoss.engin.umich.edu/
    State: MI
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.20
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Subject tests recommended
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: rackadmis@umich.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: All PhD students are fully supported by faculty research and/or fellowships.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Minnesota
School of Physics and Astronomy

    Fields Studied: space plasma physics, planetary astronomy, comets, asteroids
    URL: http://www.physics.umn.edu/
    State: MN
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Funding available:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 30 Nov 2013

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University of New Hampshire
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space

    Fields Studied: geology, geochemistry, geophysics, atmospheric science, oceanography, hydrology, glaciology, biogeochemistry, climate
    URL: http://www.eos.unh.edu/resctr/ssc.shtml
    State: NH
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Subject tests recommended
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 50
    Number of Students: 80
    Fraction Admitted: 90% of students who secure an adviser are admitted; no student without adviser is admitted
    Nearby Research Institutions: USGS, Boeing, AER, USDA, Hubbard Brook, Harvard Forest, Woods Hole, Harvard, MIT, Boston Univ.
    Admissions email address: robbin.williams@unh.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Students not guaranteed funding; funding provided by advisers, and no student without an adviser is admitted
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: Students must provide name of faculty adviser with application; URL for ESS is http://www.unh.edu/nressphd/; contact for ESS is nress.phd@unh.edu
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Oxford
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

    Fields Studied: geophysics, planetary surfaces
    URL: http://www.atm.ox.ac.uk/main/
    State:
    Country: UK
    Degrees Offered: PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
    Number of Faculty:
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    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: plr@atm.ox.ac.uk
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Pittsburgh
Geology and Planetary Science

    Fields Studied: geophysics, planetary surfaces
    URL: http://www.geology.pitt.edu/
    State: PA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.00
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: granahan@pitt.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of St. Andrews
School of Physics and Astronomy

    Fields Studied: extra-solar planets
    URL: http://star-www.st-andrews.ac.uk/astronomy/index.php
    State:
    Country: UK
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required:
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    No. of Rec Letters needed:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Entry last updated: 30 Dec 1899

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Earth and Planetary Sciences

    Fields Studied: small bodies, astrobiology, cosmochemistry, geomorphology, instrumentation, petrology, remote sensing, sedimentology, fieldwork on terrestrial analogs
    URL: http://web.eps.utk.edu/
    State: TN
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 2.70
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 2
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students: 45 (in all of geology program)
    Fraction Admitted: 10% (in all of geology program)
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: eps@utk.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Almost all are admitted with guaranteed funding.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01 Feb
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 15 Oct
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Texas, Arlington
Physics and Astronomy

    Fields Studied: extra-solar terrestrial planets, stellar habitable zones, astrobiology, space physics
    URL: http://www.uta.edu/physics/main/phys_research/
    State: TX
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Texas, Austin
Astronomy Program

    Fields Studied: astrometry, extrasolar planets, primitive bodies, comets, Kuiper belt, planetary atmospheres, asteroids, instrumentation, NEOs, solar system evolution, planet formation
    URL: http://www.as.utexas.edu/astronomy/education/gradstudies.html
    State: TX
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.00
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics required
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 23 (plus ~24 research scientists who can supervise PhD students)
    Number of Students: 45-50
    Fraction Admitted: ~10%
    Nearby Research Institutions: McDonald Observatory
    Admissions email address: studentinfo@astro.as.utexas.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: yes
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 30 Nov 2013

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University of Texas, San Antonio/Southwest Research Institute
Astronomy/Space Science

    Fields Studied: planetary and space physics, space flight instrumentation
    URL: http://physics.utsa.edu/
    State: TX
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.00
    General GRE required: Strongly recommended
    Subject GRE required: Physics required
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 2
    Number of Faculty: 10
    Number of Students: 12
    Fraction Admitted: 50%
    Nearby Research Institutions: UT Austin, UT Dallas, UT Arlington, UT Houston, Texas A&M, Rice
    Admissions email address: mdesai@swri.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: RA funding available for most PhD students
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01 Feb
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: Minumum GPA calculated from last 60 credit hours
    Entry last updated: 10 Dec 2012

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University of Tokyo
Earth and Planetary Science

    Fields Studied:
    URL: http://www.eps.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/index-en.html
    State:
    Country: Japan
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required:
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    No. of Rec Letters needed:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes: Interview required
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Toledo
Physics and Astronomy 

    Fields Studied: planet and star formation
    URL: http://www.utoledo.edu/as/physast/
    State: OH
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Toronto
Astronomy and Astrophysics

    Fields Studied: planetary interiors, planetary magnetic fields
    URL: http://www.astro.utoronto.ca/
    State:
    Country: Canada
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Virginia
Astronomy

    Fields Studied:
    URL: http://www.astro.virginia.edu/
    State: VA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics required
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: gradadm@mail.astro.virginia.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 31 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Institute of Mathematics and Physics

    Fields Studied: solar physics, planetary magnetospheres, planetary ionospheres, planetary surfaces, robotic exploration
    URL: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/imaps/
    State:
    Country: UK
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
    Number of Faculty:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Admissions email address:
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    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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University of Washington
Astronomy

    Fields Studied: exoplanets, astrobiology, planetary formation, planetary evolution
    URL: http://www.astro.washington.edu/
    State: WA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.00
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics required
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 15
    Number of Students: 30
    Fraction Admitted: 10-20%
    Nearby Research Institutions: many tech firms, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, Very Long Baseline Array
    Admissions email address: grad@astro.washington.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: TA, RA, and/or fellowship offered to all admitted PhD students
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 31 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: Can also pursue a graduate certificate in astrobiology or a dual-title PhD in Astrobiology and Astronomy
    Entry last updated: 30 Nov 2013

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University of Washington
Earth and Space Sciences

    Fields Studied: planetary surfaces, geomorphology, planetary atmospheres, planetary geochemistry, space physics, Mars, astrobiology
    URL: http://www.ess.washington.edu/
    State: WA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 3.00
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: No
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 11
    Number of Students: 30
    Fraction Admitted: 20%
    Nearby Research Institutions: many tech firms, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada), Univ. of Victoria (Canada), Dominion Astrophys. Obs. (Canada)
    Admissions email address: essadv@uw.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Applicants admitted to our PhD graduate programs are offered financial support in the form of a teaching assistantship (TA), research assistantship (RA), and/or fellowship
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Dec
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: Can earn graduate certificate in astrobiology (http://depts.washington.edu/astrobio/drupal/); 5 Jan final deadline for admission
    Entry last updated: 21 May 2013

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University of Western Ontario
Centre of Planetary Science and Exploration

    Fields Studied: astrobiology, cosmochemistry, atmospheres
    URL: http://planetsci.uwo.ca/
    State:
    Country: Canada
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA: 2.80
    General GRE required: Recommended
    Subject GRE required: Physics recommended
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
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    Admissions email address: cbuma@uwo.ca
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    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01 Jun
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 01 Oct
    Notes: Students are admitted to program through a host (e.g. astronomy, earth sciences); adm requirements are for phys/astro; 1/1 for May adm; all admission dates for international
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Vanderbilt University
Physics & Astronomy

    Fields Studied: star & planet formation, exoplanet search
    URL: http://as.vanderbilt.edu/astronomy/
    State: TN
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered:
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Washington University in St Louis
Earth and Planetary Sciences

    Fields Studied: geobiology, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, planetary science
    URL: http://eps.wustl.edu/
    State: MO
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: AM, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: None
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 16 teaching (tenured/tenure track) faculty, 4 research faculty
    Number of Students: 35
    Fraction Admitted: ~20%
    Nearby Research Institutions: Saint Louis University, University of Missouri St. Louis, Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville), Missouri Univeristy of Science and Technology, University of Missouri Columbia
    Admissions email address: EPScinfo@levee.wustl.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: Students accepted for graduate work in the Earth and Planetary Sciences receive financial support in the form of a fellowship, a teaching assistantship, or a research assistantship, plus full tuition scholarships for doctoral students
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 15 Jan
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 01 May 2013

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Wesleyan University
Planetary Sciences Group

    Fields Studied: exoplanets, planet formation, protoplanetary disks, cosmochemistry, planetary surfaces, planetary interiors (especially Mars and Venus), meteorites, remote sensing
    URL: http://www.wesleyan.edu/planetary/
    State: CT
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics recommended
    No. of Rec Letters needed: 3
    Number of Faculty: 10
    Number of Students: 8
    Fraction Admitted: 10% in astronomy 50% in E&ES
    Nearby Research Institutions: Yale Univ., many research Institute in CT and nearby Boston
    Admissions email address: shettleworth@wesleyan.edu
    Admissions URL:
    Funding available: All admitted students guaranteed funding as TAs
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01 Mar
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: Planetary Science students come from astronomy or earth sciences; adm info is for astronomy
    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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Yale University
Astronomy

    Fields Studied: exoplanets
    URL: http://www.astro.yale.edu/
    State: CT
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Entry last updated: 07 Dec 2012

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