Doctor of Philosophy - Astronomy
The purpose of the Astronomy M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are to prepare students for a career in Astronomy or Astrophysics Research or in education at the university level. The program achieves this with a custom program for each student set up by their advisor and their advising committee. At the M.S. level we have two options. A coursework M.S., wherein students take classes at the graduate level in Astronomy and pass an exam. We also offer a thesis option where students will learn to formulate, conduct and report on research. In the case of the Ph.D. the research must be original research conducted independently by the student.
- Understand astrophysics at the graduate level .
- Understand either classical mechanics or quantum theory or electromagnetic theory at the graduate level.
- Understand mathematical physics at the graduate level .
- Understand observational astronomy techniques .
- Understand astrophysics of gaseous nebulae and active galactic nuclei, and high energy astrophysics .
- Understand cosmology at the graduate level .
- Understand stellar atmospheres and the interstellar medium .
- Perform a graduate research project at the doctoral level .
- Communicate scientific research to a scientific audience .
- Possess strong background of knowledge and expertise in physics and astronomy.