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Astronomy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #13 (ARWU) Ithaca, NY, United States
The goal of the graduate program in Astronomy is to provide the foundation of a future career whether it be in the specific field of Astronomy and Space Sciences or in some other quantitative, scientific discipline.
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  • The first two years of your education is directed towards training in the broad inclusive knowledge of the field of Astronomy and Space Sciences through classwork, seminars, colloquia and consultation with faculty. You will gain experience communicating your ideas verbally and in written form. The background you acquire will provide a strong basis to begin conducting research in a more specialized area of interest.
  •  It is expected that the third year of the program will bring the full-fledged research experience where you will acquire expert knowledge in several areas and learn how to grapple with problems bringing all your resources to bear to solve them. Through the remainder of the graduate program, you will hone your professional scientific skills and carry out original, publishable research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject:

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Cosmology
  • Infrared Astronomy
  • Planetary Studies
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Radiophysics
  • Space Sciences [general]
  • Theoretical Astrophysics
In years 1 and 2:
  • Gain a broad, current foundation of knowledge in the field of Astronomy and Space Sciences (hereafter,“the field”).
  • Identify an appropriate area of research of interest to the student and to a current faculty member within the field (“appropriate” means one that can potentially lead to the fulfillment of the goals listed under “By the end of the program”).
  • Begin acquiring the background knowledge for conducting research in the selected area by completing relevant courses.
  • Begin conducting research in consultation with the faculty member.
  • Gain experience presenting ideas orally: by working as a teaching assistant and/or by participating in the field’s various seminars and colloquia.

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL®PBT score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

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General Requirements

Applicants should have a strong background in electrical engineering, engineering physics, mathematics, or physics. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores and GRE physics subject test scores; these are often of great help in admitting outstanding students from less well-known institutions.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • GRE subject test in physics

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29500 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29500 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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