Modern Astronomy is more aptly described as Astrophysics – astronomical observations using modern equipment are quantitative experiments, and the goal is to understand the physics underlying the various astronomical phenomena. A thorough training in Physics is an essential element of becoming a professional astronomer. This accelerated dual degree will enable well qualified students to acquire a strong foundation in Physics while transitioning directly into the Astrophysical Sciences & Technology MS program, providing a faster route to a research degree than is otherwise possible.

Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science

You can apply to the BS/MS degree program before the beginning of the Spring semester of your third year in the BS Physics program.

In order to be eligible for admission, you must meet two criteria:
i. a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better;
ii. pass PHYS-374—Introduction to Astrophysics with a grade of B or better. This one-credit course is
offered annually in the Fall Semester (subject to demand).
You will have to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in order to remain in good standing in the BS/MS program.