A new generation of advanced ground-based and space-borne telescopes and enormous increases in computing power are enabling a golden age of astrophysics. With 14 research active faculty drawn from the School of Physics and Astronomy, the School of Mathematical Sciences, and the Center for Imaging Science, the multidisciplinary emphasis of this program sets it apart from conventional astrophysics graduate programs at traditional research universities.

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Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science

Students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of study, consisting of at least 27 credit hours of course work and at least 24 credit hours of research. Students may choose to follow one of three tracks: astrophysics, astro-informatics and computational astrophysics (with the option of a concentration in general relativity), or astronomical instrumentation. All students must complete four core courses and two semesters of graduate seminar. The remaining course credits are made up from specialty track courses and electives. Students must successfully complete a master's-level research project and pass a written qualifying examination prior to embarking on the dissertation research project.