Astronomy Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Courses Units
A minimum of six 400-level astronomy courses selected from the  following
Astron 410: Radiative Processes
Astron 414: Planetary Astrophysics
Astron 416: Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
Astron 421: Observational Astrophysics
Astron 421: Observational Astrophysics
Astron 425: Stellar Astrophysics
Astron 429: Cosmology & Extragalactic Astrophysics
Astron 448: Interstellar Medium
Astron 449: Stellar Dynamics
Astron 451: High-Energy Astrophysics
A minimum of two 400-level physics courses, including PHYSICS 411 Classical Mechanics 2
A minimum of four other 400-level quantitative science or engineering courses (including in physics or astronomy) 4
Total Required Units 12

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: oral qualifying examination at the end of the first year of study; covering material taught in the 400-level astronomy courses offered during the academic year.
  • PhD Dissertation

MS Degree Requirements for PhD Students

Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program have the opportunity to obtain a formal master’s degree as they work toward completion of the Ph.D. These requirements are as follows:

  • Completion 12 graded courses as described above
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher