BA/MA in Astrophysics & Space Physics

The BA/MA program in astrophysics & space physics is designed for those well-prepared students who wish to obtain a master’s degree by adding a fifth year of intensive study in astrophysics & space physics. The program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) in conjunction with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS).

For information on application requirements and deadlines, please see the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences’ BA/MA and BA/MS Program Application website. Only those students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 overall and 3.3 in mathematics, physics, and astronomy courses will normally be admitted.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes include those for both the BA in Astronomy & Physics and the MA in Astronomy.


The requirements of the BA/MA program are those of the BA in Astronomy & Physics plus those of the MA in Astronomy.

There are two tracks in the program. Students may either take 38 courses and write a master’s thesis, or take 40 courses. Please refer to the BA/MA and BA/MS Programs section of this Bulletin for important information for prospective BA/MA students. Further details may be obtained at the Department of Astronomy or from the Director of Graduate Studies.