The program provides fundamental graduate training in astrophysics to prepare candidates for further graduate study or careers in astrophysics, such as:
Twenty credit hours are from structured courses. The student, with the approval of the advisor and supervisory committee (formed upon enrollment), selects courses that make up a coherent plan of study. For students in the astrophysics program, course work consists of:
other requirements (3)*
culminating experience: (6)
*These courses are combined with additional work in core fields such as physics or mathematics and provide comprehensive graduate training in the major fields of astrophysics. All students in the School of Earth and Space Exploration are also required to take three one-credit hour seminars.
Students are expected to exhibit mastery of topics in these core fields and may be required by their advisor and committee to include such courses in their plan of study. Specific course requirements may be waived by the advisor and the graduate oversight committee if the student has successfully completed equivalent courses at universities elsewhere. Individual plans of study that include work in related fields may also be designed with advisor approval, subject to the requirements of the Division of Graduate Education.
The master's degree plan of study also includes six credit hours of thesis credit or AST 599. Students must follow the Division of Graduate Education policies and procedures for admission to the program and for fulfilling the requirements of the degree.
Thesis requirements: A thesis based on observational, theoretical, laboratory or literature research in astrophysics is required.
Final Examination: A final oral examination in defense of the thesis is required.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
Applicants must submit all materials electronically though the online graduate admission application. In addition to the materials required by the Division of Graduate Education, students applying for admission to the master's degree program in astrophysics must submit:
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Division of Graduate Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.