Jul 17, 2024  
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025 
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025

Astronomy M.S.

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Completion of the M.S. in astronomy requires 30 credits of graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree, including a minimum of 21 credits in course work. At least 15 credits must be at the 6000 level or above. The cumulative GPA for all courses applied towards a master’s degree must be 3.0 or higher


Core Requirements

Course work should meet the needs of the individual student, but must include:

Take one course from the following:

A 6 to 9 credit Thesis or Multiple-Semester Project:

Thesis or Multiple-Semester Project in Astronomy or Astrophysics

Outcomes of the Graduate Curriculum

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • demonstrate mastery of graduate-level courses covering a relevant selection of core fields of Physics, including Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics, or Statistical Physics.
  • demonstrate mastery of modern topics in astronomy or astrophysics through coursework.

  • demonstrate knowledge and research skills in astronomy or astrophysics through completion of a project or thesis.

  • clearly communicate their ideas and results to general and specialized audiences, both orally and in writing.

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