Astronomy, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
|Select eight 3-4 credit graduate courses 1||24-32|
|ASTR699||Special Problems in Advanced Astronomy||1-6|
|or ASTR898||Pre-Candidacy Research|
|ASTR695||Introduction to Research||1|
|Dissertation Research Requirements|
|ASTR899||Doctoral Dissertation Research||12|
Including at least six of the nine ASTR600 level courses routinely offered.
Course requirements for the PhD in Astronomy currently consist of eight courses, at least six of which must come from the nine principal Astronomy graduate courses ASTR601, ASTR606, ASTR610, ASTR615, ASTR620, ASTR622, ASTR630, ASTR670, and ASTR680. A qualifying exam based on these courses is given in the summer after the second year. A research project is required of all students in the second year of graduate study. Admission to the PhD program is based on course work, the research project and the qualifier.
Students choose a research stream depending on their interest within the field. Courses beyond the required eight are sometimes necessary for advanced research. This will be assessed by the student's thesis committee.