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
    Funding available: TA or RA offered to all admitted students
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 12/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 10/01/13
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 11/30/13
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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
    Funding available: Guaranteed five years of funding for all students
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 12/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 05/21/13
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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
    Number of Faculty:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Admissions email address: Patricia_Davey@brown.edu
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: All admitted students guaranteed funding
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/01/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: Exoplanet research can be pursued in Planetary Sciences or Astronomy
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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: 12/07/12
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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
    Degrees Offered:
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    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: Yes: Teaching and research assistantships
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 10/01/13
    Notes: http://www.mines.edu/Deadlines_GS for deadlines details
    Entry last updated: 05/05/13
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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
    Funding available: Funding guaranteed through RAs and TAs
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 12/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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Dartmouth University
Physics and Astronomy

 

  • Fields Studied: space physics
    URL: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~physics/index.html
    State: NH
    Country: USA
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    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: TA and RA available
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: 3.2 GPA is recommended for PhD students
    Entry last updated: 11/30/13
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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
    Minimum GPA:
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    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: Almost all full-time students are offered GRA/GTA funding, which is $25,500/year.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 05/01/13
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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
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 06/01/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 11/01/13
    Notes: Contact latoya.parker@hamptonu.edu for questions about the application process
    Entry last updated: 02/13/13
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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
    Minimum GPA:
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    Admissions email address: sujoy@eps.harvard.edu
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 12/31/13
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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: 12/07/12
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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
    State:
    Country: Sweden
    Degrees Offered: PhD
    Minimum GPA:
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    Admissions email address: ma@irfu.se
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    Notes: Secondary contact bt@irfu.se
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Minimum GPA:
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    Admissions email address: kgaines@jhu.edu
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    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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Kansas University
Space Physics and Plasma Astrophysics

 

  • Fields Studied: aeronomy, astrobiology
    URL: http://www2.ku.edu/~kuspace/
    State: KS
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
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    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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: 12/07/12
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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
    State:
    Country: South Korea
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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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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
    Funding available: PhD students are guaranteed funding, masters students are not
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/05/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 09/01/13
    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: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: All admitted students guaranteed funding
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 02/01/13
    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: 05/01/13
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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: 12/07/12
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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: 12/07/12
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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: 12/07/12
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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: 12/07/12
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Rennseleer Polytechnic Institute
Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy

 

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    URL: http://www.rpi.edu/dept/phys/
    State: NY
    Country: USA
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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
    Funding available: All admitted students guaranteed funding
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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San Diego State University
Astronomy

 

  • Fields Studied: extrasolar planets
    URL: http://mintaka.sdsu.edu/
    State: CA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS
    Minimum GPA:
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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
    Minimum GPA:
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    Admissions email address: bbarbour@notes.cc.sunysb.edu
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 10/01/13
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Number of Faculty:
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    Funding available: All students admitted to our Department will receive financial support during their studies.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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: 12/07/12
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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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University College London
Astrophysics Group

 

  • Fields Studied: planetary atmospheres, exoplanets, planetary geology
    URL: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/star/
    State:
    Country: UK
    Degrees Offered: PhD
    Minimum GPA:
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    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Minimum GPA:
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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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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Admissions email address:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/08/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: jcdixon@uark.edu
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 09/30/13
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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: http://www.ipsubc.org/studentopps.php
    Funding available: Yes
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: Honors undergraduate degree required for admission
    Entry last updated: 01/17/13
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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
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: dexters@astro.berkeley.edu
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 12/07/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 12/21/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    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: 12/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 01/17/13
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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
    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: 12/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: In general, our admitted students are fully funded through fellowships, teaching assistantships, and/or research asssitantships.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 12/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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University of California Los Angeles
Physics and Astronomy

 

  • Fields Studied: exoplanets, planetary atmospheres
    URL: http://home.physics.ucla.edu/
    State: CA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required: Yes
    Subject GRE required: Physics
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: jlee@physics.ucla.edu
    Funding available: University support for graduate students is limited to a total of six years combined as a Teaching or Research Assistant (TA limit is four years, RA limit is six years).
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 12/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: Yes (In general, our admitted students are fully funded through fellowships, teaching assistantships, and/or research assitantships.) 
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/05/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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:
    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: 12/07/12
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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:
    General GRE required:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
    Number of Faculty:
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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: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: Yes
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 11/01/13
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 11/30/13
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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:
    General GRE required:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
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    Admissions email address:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: Yes
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/13/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 11/30/13
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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: http://lasp.colorado.edu/planetary/departments.html
    Funding available: Yes, varies with department
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: 21 Jan deadline for international admission
    Entry last updated: 06/01/13
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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:
    General GRE required:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
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    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 12/31/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: Most students funded on research assistantships, rest on teaching assistantships
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 08/15/13
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 02/13/13
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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:
    General GRE required:
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    No. of Rec Letters needed:
    Number of Faculty:
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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: 12/07/12
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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
    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: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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:
    General GRE required:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
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    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
    Number of Faculty:
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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: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: Minimum of 6 years, assuming adequate progress toward the degree
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 01/17/13
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University of Massachusetts
Geosciences

 

  • Fields Studied:
    URL: http://www.geo.umass.edu/
    State: MA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered: MS, PhD
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: lbrown@geo.umass.edu
    Funding available: Teaching and Research Assistantships and University Graduate Fellowships are available on a competitive basis, with a waiver of tuition and most fees.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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:
    Number of Faculty:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Admissions email address:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: All PhD students are fully supported by faculty research and/or fellowships.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 12/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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:
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 11/30/13
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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
    Funding available: Students not guaranteed funding; funding provided by advisers, and no student without an adviser is admitted
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    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: 12/07/12
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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:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address: plr@atm.ox.ac.uk
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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University of Pennsylvania
Physics and Astronomy

 

  • Fields Studied: Kuiper-Belt objects
    URL: http://dept.physics.upenn.edu/
    State: PA
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
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    Admissions email address:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/30/99
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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
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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University of Rochester
Physics and Astronomy

 

  • Fields Studied: planetary system formation
    URL: http://www.pas.rochester.edu/urpas/astronomy_astrophysics
    State: NY
    Country: USA
    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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    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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:
    Subject GRE required:
    No. of Rec Letters needed:
    Number of Faculty:
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    Fraction Admitted:
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    Admissions email address:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/30/99
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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
    Funding available: Almost all are admitted with guaranteed funding.
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 02/01/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 10/15/13
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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:
    Number of Faculty:
    Number of Students:
    Fraction Admitted:
    Nearby Research Institutions:
    Admissions email address:
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: yes
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 12/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 11/30/13
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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
    Funding available: RA funding available for most PhD students
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 02/01/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: Minumum GPA calculated from last 60 credit hours
    Entry last updated: 12/10/12
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University of Tokyo
Earth and Planetary Science

 

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    URL: http://www.eps.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/index-en.html
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    Country: Japan
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    Notes: Interview required
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
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    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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University of Toronto
Astronomy and Astrophysics

 

  • Fields Studied: planetary interiors, planetary magnetic fields
    URL: http://www.astro.utoronto.ca/
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    Country: Canada
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    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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:
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    Admissions email address: gradadm@mail.astro.virginia.edu
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 12/31/13
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    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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:
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    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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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
    Funding available: TA, RA, and/or fellowship offered to all admitted PhD students
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 12/31/13
    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: 11/30/13
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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
    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: 12/15/13
    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: 05/21/13
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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
    Funding available:
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 06/01/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit: 10/01/13
    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: 12/07/12
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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: 12/07/12
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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
    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: 01/15/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 05/01/13
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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
    Funding available: All admitted students guaranteed funding as TAs
    Application deadline for Fall admit: 03/01/13
    Application deadline for Spring admit:
    Notes: Planetary Science students come from astronomy or earth sciences; adm info is for astronomy
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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Yale University
Astronomy

 

  • Fields Studied: exoplanets
    URL: http://www.astro.yale.edu/
    State: CT
    Country: USA
    Degrees Offered:
    Minimum GPA:
    General GRE required:
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    Notes:
    Entry last updated: 12/07/12
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