Astronomy, Master of Science (M.S.)

Thesis or Non-thesis option: 30 credits  

Course Title Credits
Complete six of the nine principal courses:18
Radiative Processes
Stellar Structure and Evolution
Astronomical Instrumentation and Techniques
Computational Astrophysics
Galaxies
Cosmology
Planetary Science
Interstellar Medium and Gas Dynamics
High Energy Astrophysics
Thesis or non-thesis option12
Thesis:
Electives approved with advisor
Non-thesis:
Electives approved with advisor
Scholarly Paper
Total Credits30

Non-thesis Option

30 credits. Non-thesis option requires 30 credits of coursework including six of the nine principal Astronomy graduate courses, and at least 18 credits at the 600 level or above. Students must also submit a scholarly paper and pass a comprehensive final exam.

Candidates for the non-thesis option of the M.S. degree are required to complete 30 credits, including six of the nine principal Astronomy graduate courses (18 credits), with the remaining 12 credits consisting of classroom courses or research credits in Astronomy or supporting fields. Students are required to complete a 2nd-year project, which includes one or more scholarly papers.

Thesis Option

30 credits. Thesis option requires 30 credits of coursework including six of the nine principal Astronomy graduate courses and six credits of ASTR799.

Candidates for the thesis option of the M.S. degree (less common) are required to complete 30 credits, including 6 credits of thesis research (ASTR799) and eight graduate courses (24 credits). At least six of the courses must come from the nine principal Astronomy graduate courses. A written thesis is required and must be successfully defended in an oral examination.