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Successful completion of an undergraduate bachelors degree (or foreign equivalent) by the time of enrollment. A minimum undergraduate background includes three semesters of calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, three semesters of calculus-based physics, and two semesters of chemistry; additional mathematics, physics, and computer science courses are viewed favorably.

Standardized Testing

All students are required to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test (no subject tests are required).

International Students

International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and apply for a F-1 (not J-1) visa.


Application Deadlines

*** Updated August 21, 2015 ***

PLEASE NOTE: We acknowledge that there are some discrepancies between the dates listed on the AOSC Department Web Site, the online application system (Hobson’s) and the deadlines listed in the Graduate School Catalog. As a result, we are working on streamlining the dates to all systems. In the mean time, please adhere to the Department deadlines listed below.

Thanks for your patience!

To be eligible for a Fellowship or Assistantship, please apply by January 15, the final deadline for consideration is February 1.

For students who DO NOT require funding, the Fall deadline(s) are *February 1, for International Applicants and June 15 for Domestic Applicants.

*Qualified, self funded International Applicants may be granted admission on a per case basis between Feb 1, and May 15. Please contact the Department for further details.

Spring Admission can be granted to advanced applicants by special permission. Please contact the Department for further details.


There is a $75 (USD) application fee.