- The primary goal of the Astronomy program at the Columbia University is to cultivate the ability to perform independent academic research. Shortly after arrival on campus, incoming students choose a faculty-guided research project, and in the first two years work with two different faculty members in distinct areas of astronomy
- The culmination of the two years of preparation comes in the form of a dissertation proposal presented before a committee in the third year. The remaining part of the graduate student's career is devoted to completing a seminal work of original research.
- Research in astronomy and astrophysics is conducted in both the Department of Astronomy and the Department of Physics. Students in the Astronomy Department routinely work with faculty member from both departments that share the historic Pupin Laboratories building. A number of students also pursue PhD dissertation research at the neighboring American Museum of Natural History whose faculty is closely affiliated with the Department. Our faculty and students also have close ties with other research groups in New York City, including the new Simons Center for Computational Astronomy, CUNY, and New York University.
Programme StructureCourses include:
- Radiative Processes
- Physics of The Interstellar Medium and Intergalactic Medium
- Stellar and Galactic Dynamics
- Stellar Structure and Evolution
- Physical Cosmology
- 36 months
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DisciplinesPhysics Astronomy & Space Sciences View 12 other PhDs in Astronomy & Space Sciences in United States
- an undergraduate major in physics, astronomy, or a related field is required in addition to a solid background in physics and mathematics
- transcripts showing courses and grades from the school(s) they attended
- a statement of academic purpose
- three letters of evaluation from academic sources
Living costs for Manhattan
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
- About fifteen students are accepted each year for the PhD program. All admitted students receive full funding, including tuition and stipend. Standard fellowships are for five years, and involve teaching or other types of department service during at least three of the five years. Students are very often successful in obtaining further support from competitive fellowships offered by Columbia, as well as from the various national fellowship competitions. In addition, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences makes summer stipend support available for up to five years to students who maintain good academic standing.
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