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Astronomy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #8 (ARWU) , NY,
Our faculty excel in theory, observations and the development of new instrumentation, covering particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics, as well as extragalactic, galactic and stellar astronomy.

About

The PhD program in this department is considered one of the foremost in the country. The doctoral degree is offered in a wide range of fields from Ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology to contemporary art and critical theory, with most of the major fields in between strongly represented: Aegean, Greek, Roman; western Medieval and Byzantine; Italian French and British Renaissance and Baroque, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth-century European art; and the history of photography.

There is considerable strength in the history of architecture, as befits a university with the foremost architectural library in the country. The Department is also proud of its strengths in art outside of Europe and offers degrees in pre-Columbian art and archaeology, American art, and in the arts of China, Japan, India and sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, courses are regularly taught in Native American art.

Students intending to study for the doctoral degree should apply directly to the PhD program. (The MA and MPhil degrees are awarded en route.) However, there are also several independent MA programs of approximately two or one and a half years duration.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The Universal Timekeeper: Reconstructing History Atom by Atom
  • Earth, Moon and Planets
  • Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology
  • Galaxies and Cosmology
  • Life in the Universe

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • An undergraduate major in physics, astronomy or a related field is required in addition to a solid background in physics and mathematics.
  • All students must upload transcripts showing courses and grades per school attended, a Statement of Academic Purpose and 3 letters of evaluation from academic sources.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    44860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22430 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    44860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22430 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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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