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There has never been a more exciting time to study the universe beyond the confines of the Earth. A new generation of advanced ground-based and space-borne telescopes and enormous increases in computing power are enabling a golden age of astrophysics. RIT's PhD and Masters program in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the Earth, and on the development of the technologies, instruments, data analysis, and modeling techniques that will enable the next major strides in the field. The multidisciplinary emphasis of this program, which is administered by the School of Physics and Astronomy, but offered in collaboration with the School of Mathematical Sciences, and the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, sets it apart from conventional astrophysics graduate programs at traditional research universities. The AST Program also maintains active collaboration with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, one of the nine colleges of RIT.  If you are a deaf or hard-of-hearing student interested in pursuing graduate studies in AST, please contact us at .
The program offers tracks in Astrophysics (including Observational and Theoretical Astrophysics), Computational and Gravitational Astrophysics (including Numerical Relativity, Gravitational Wave Astronomy), and Astronomical Technology (including detector and instrumentation research and development). Students can pursue research interests in a wide range of topics, including design and development of novel detectors, multiwavelength studies of proto-stars, active galactic nuclei and galaxy clusters, gravitational wave data analysis, and theoretical and computational modelling of astrophysical systems including galaxies and compact objects such as binary black holes. Depending on research interests, students may participate in one of three research centers: the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (Video), the Center for Detectors or the Laboratory for Multi-wavelength Astrophysics.  Download a brochure
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AST Program Director
(585) 475-2726
This image of the full Moon was taken with the Half-Degree
Imaging (HDI) camera on the WIYN 0.9-m Telescope.  
RIT Faculty member Michael Richmond is the Telescope
Scientist for the WIYN 0.9m and the instrument is used by
faculty and graduate students at RIT and other institutions. 






AST Colloquium Speaker Lars Hernquist gave a talk on 12/7/2015 titled Cosmological Simulations of Galaxy Formation and Evolution
2015 AST Ph.D. graduate, Valerie Rapson, finds evidence for a newborn planet around a nearby, young star
AST Colloquium Speaker Peter Nugent gave a talk on 11/23/2015 titled Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument Next-generation infrared detectors win NSF funding: RIT and Raytheon Vision Systems collaboration could advance astronomy: CfD Director & AST Faculty Donald Figer
AST students will present an exhibit, Marvels of the Universe, at the upcoming Imagine RIT festival Saturday, May 2.
AST Colloquium Speaker Benoit Famaey gave a talk on 10/19/2015 titled Successes and failures of LambdaCDM and its alternatives
AST Faculty Dr. Manuela Campanelli shares black-hole research at supercomputing conference Nov. 18 : SC 2015
RIT AST graduate student Valerie Rapson recently published an article titled "Reaching for the Stars in your Golden Years: The Importance of Outreach for Senior Citizens"



Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation,
Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
RIT on TV: RIT Alumna encourages women in STEM - WNYT