Joel Kastner, Program Director
|Program Available Online?||No|
|Application Deadline||Priority deadline February 15, rolling thereafter|
|English Language Exams:|
Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.
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. The MS 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 program's multidisciplinary emphasis sets it apart from conventional astrophysics graduate programs at traditional research universities.
The MS program comprises a minimum of 32 credit hours of study. The curriculum consists of four core courses, two to four elective courses, two semesters of graduate seminar, and a research project culminating in a thesis.
Typically following the first year, but sometimes initiated during the first year for well-prepared students, candidates begin a research project under the guidance of a faculty research adviser. A thesis committee is appointed by the program director and consists of the student's adviser and at least two additional members, one of whom must be a faculty member in the astrophysical sciences and technology program. The final examination of the thesis consists of a public oral presentation by the student, followed by questions from the audience. The thesis committee privately questions the candidate following the presentation. The committee caucuses immediately following the examination and thereafter notifies the candidate and the program director of the results.
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|ASTP-613||Astronomical Observational Techniques and Instrumentation||3|
|ASTP-760||Introduction to Relativity and Gravitation||3|
|ASTP-601, 602||Graduate Seminar I, II||2|
|ASTP-615||Radiative Processes for Astrophysical Sciences||3|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|ASTP-610||Mathematical Methods for the Astrophysical Sciences|
|ASTP-611||Statistical Methods for Astrophysics|
|ASTP-730||Stellar Structure and Atmospheres||3|
|ASTP-790||Research and Thesis||6|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||32|
To be considered for admission to the MS program in astrophysical sciences and technology, a candidate must fulfill the following requirements:
Students making good progress in their course work and research project may be permitted, by program approval, to attempt the Ph.D. qualifying examination. Upon successfully passing the exam, students may choose to transfer to the Ph.D. program rather than pursue a terminal master of science degree. This is contingent on the availability of an adviser and research funding.
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