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Astrophysical Sciences and Technology MS

An astrophysics degree that explores the depths of the universe through multidisciplinary research. Dive into an area that most interests you, whether it's general relativity, theoretical astrophysics, observational or instrumentation development, or another area related to astrophysics.

Program skills

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).

Program significant points

Master’s Thesis

During the first year, most students begin a research project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Focus on the project becomes more significant during the second year after the core courses have been completed. A thesis committee is appointed by the program director and oversees the final defense of the thesis, which consists of a public oral presentation by the student, followed by a closed-door examination by the committee

Select program hiring partners

Rochester Institute of Technology


  • Aerospace

  • Defense

  • Government (Local, State, Federal)

  • Higher Education

  • Internet and Software

  • Other Industries

  • Research


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 25.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 75.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 25.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 75.00%
Alternative Plans 0%