Crab Nebula
Crab Nebula taken by graduate student Matt Young at the 4.3m Lowell Discovery Telescope.

Our graduate program will prepare students for a career in astronomical research and education by emphasizing a broad understanding of physical systems and teaching the skills necessary to perform leading-edge research.

The Department of Astronomy, through its affiliated research units (the Center for Space Physics and the Institute for Astrophysical Research), has a robust and thriving research program. Our major research areas are extragalactic astronomy, galactic astronomy, instrumentation, planetary astronomy, and space physics.

The page containing sample PhD prospectuses is restricted to the BU Astronomy Department faculty, staff, and students and will require a login.