How to Apply

Interested in a career in planetary sciences? Complete the steps below and apply to the Planetary Sciences Graduate Program!

Starting Semester Application Deadline Application Available
Fall 2020

December 6, 2019 at 5:00p.m. MST

Note: Application will be unavailable as of 5:00p.m. on December 6. 

August 26

The department does not offer spring admission.

Only complete applications will be considered. Applicants are expected to have strong preparation and exceptional academic achievement in physical or mathematical science. The Admissions Committee uses transcripts, GRE scores, statement of interest, and letters of recommendation to evaluate applicants. Most admitted students are awarded financial support in the form of research or teaching assistantships. 

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BEGIN the UA Graduate College Application

Prospective students must complete an application to the University of Arizona Graduate College as well as to the Department of Planetary Sciences. These applications are combined into one online application. There is an application fee.

The Department of Planetary Sciences application deadline for Fall 2020 is 5:00p.m. MST on December 6, 2019. This applies to both DOMESTIC and INTERNATIONAL students.

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INCLUDE Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the verbal, analytical, and quantitative sections are required. You must request that the Education Testing Service send your official scores directly to the University of Arizona; the institution code is 4832. Upload score report/scores to online application. Scores are valid for five years from date of examination.

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INCLUDE Transcripts

Transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended are required as part of the application process. For purposes of application, unofficial transcripts may be submitted. Upload unofficial transcripts to the online application and/or request that your institution send official electronic transcripts to PG4gdWVycz0iem52eWdiOm5xenZmZnZiYWZAeWN5Lm5ldm1iYW4ucnFoIj5ucXp2ZmZ2YmFmQHljeS5uZXZtYmFuLnJxaDwvbj4=. Upon admission to the program, official versions of all transcripts, to include grades from the final semester, are required and must be forwarded to PG4gdWVycz0iem52eWdiOm5xenZmZnZiYWZAeWN5Lm5ldm1iYW4ucnFoIj5ucXp2ZmZ2YmFmQHljeS5uZXZtYmFuLnJxaDwvbj4= or sent directly from the university/registrar to the mailing address below. Official transcripts must be forwarded directly from the originating university or college to the University of Arizona or the Department of Planetary Sciences either by regular mail (address below) or as a secure electronic document. Official transcripts may not be uploaded by the student or mailed by students/applicants.

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UPLOAD ONE-PAGE STATEMENT OF INTEREST

Provide a concise description of your purpose for applying to graduate school in the Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Indicate: what you want to study and why; state your career objectives, and explain how graduate study at LPL will help you achieve those objectives; describe prior academic and research experience relevant to your goals. You may provide any additional information that you believe will aid the graduate admissions committee in evaluating your application. Your statement should not exceed 1 page in printed format (8 1/2" x 11" paper).

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NAME REFERENCES AND REQUEST LETTERS

At least three letters of reference are required; letter writers will receive information about how to upload their recommendations to the online application.

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PAY FEE AND SUBMIT COMPLETED ONLINE APPLICATION


International Students Submit English Proficiency Scores

International students must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or other English proficiency scores as appropriate. Information regarding English proficiency requirements is online on the UA Graduate College International Applicants page and the UA Graduate College English Speaking Proficiency Evaluation page. The department reserves the right to require higher scores than those required for admission or for serving as an RA or TA.


Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA. The University of Arizona Federal School Code is 001083. Information about the FAFSA and related deadlines is available on the Federal Student Aid site.


Submitting Materials

You may submit supporting paper materials to:

Graduate Admissions and Advising Coordinator
Department of Planetary Sciences
Kuiper Space Sciences Building
1629 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210092
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0092
Phone: 520-621-6954
Fax: 520-621-4933

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