**Our department does not offer a terminal masters program.**

  • Students may not initially apply for a master’s degree alone.
  • Students admitted to the PhD program may opt for a master’s degree en route to the PhD if they satisfy the appropriate requirements.


Degree Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate graduate-level knowledge of astronomy and physics, including the following topics: fundamental physics and astrophysics; gravitation, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics appropriate to astronomy; and the dynamical behavior of space and astrophysical plasmas.
  • Demonstrate graduate-level knowledge of observational techniques used to study astronomical and space phenomena.
  • Perform directed research within that discipline.
  • Present directed research to a committee of faculty members and to a scientific audience.

Degree Requirements

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Bulletin outlines the requirements for the MA in Astronomy, including:

  • 32 credits of graduate coursework (at least five 4-cr courses must be at the 700-level)
  • Thesis/comprehensive exam