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.


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.