The astrophysics faculty in the Rutgers Department of Physics and Astronomy welcome your interest in our Ph.D. program! We are an energetic, friendly, close-knit group of theorists and multiwavelength observers whose interests include cosmology, dark matter, dark energy, galaxy formation and evolution, galaxy dynamics, supernovae, gravitational lensing, turbulence, and time-domain astronomy. Rutgers has a ~10% share of observing time on the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), is a member of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) collaboration, and has invested significant resources in a new high-performance computing initiative.

We invite you to learn about the (inter)national and university honors our faculty have won for research and teaching, the requirements of our graduate program (a combination of coursework and a research-focused candidacy exam), our recent research results as reflected in our refereed publications, and a view from our current and former students. A statement of our commitment to building a safe and inclusive community is here; you are welcome to email our graduate recruiting committee representatives (at ajbaker[at] and km1243[at] if you have any questions.

If you like what you see, we encourage you to submit your application here (following these guidelines) before the January 1, 2020 deadline!