Graduate Program – Admission


Meers Oppenheim, Director of Graduate Admissions

Meers Oppenheim, Director of Graduate Admissions

Welcome to the graduate program of the Astronomy Department at Boston University. We have a thriving program with about 20 faculty and 35 PhD students. Our students, professors and researchers are at the forefront of a variety of research areas that include space physics, observational and theoretical astrophysics, planetary science, instrumentation, and solar physics. The university recently entered a new partnership with Lowell Observatory which ensures that the Astronomy Department has guaranteed time on the 4.3m Discovery Channel Telescope. You can learn much more about the specific projects/programs that are currently being executed by our faculty and students by browsing around our website.

BU is located in the heart of Boston (on the shores of the Charles River), an exciting urban area where students have access to a variety of cultural, gastronomical, and athletic events outside the academic arena. Our department also provides a number of social events throughout the year including (but not limited to) weekly, informal discussions with our seminar speakers at the BU Pub, weekly pizza after journal club, and musical events Unplugged and The Soiree, which feature performances by our faculty, students, and staff.

Our graduate applications are processed through the Boston University Graduate School ( and are due on 15 December. University policy is that all students accepted into our PhD programs are guaranteed five years of financial support.

Link: Graduate Program Application Requirements

If you have any questions about our program, or specific inquiries regarding the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact me via phone (617-353-6139) or email (
Meers Oppenheim
Professor of Astronomy
Director of Graduate Admissions


Further general information on the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences’ graduate programs and financial aid can be found at:

GRS: Graduate Admissions

or contact the department directly:

Graduate Admissions Committee
Boston University, Astronomy Department
725 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

(617) 353-2625


Our most recent departmental brochure also provides useful information: Brochure Cover-600px