Astronomy PhD

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Total Units Required: 12

Course Title
Required Course
PHYSICS 411-0Classical Mechanics
A minimum of six 400-level astronomy courses selected from the following:
Astrophysical Radiative Processes and Transport
Planetary Astrophysics
Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
Observational Astrophysics
Stellar Astrophysics
Extragalactic Astrophysics and Cosmology
Interstellar Matter and Star Formation
Stellar Dynamics
High Energy Astrophysics
A minimum of two 400-level physics courses, of which PHYSICS 411-0 counts as one
A minimum of four other 400-level quantitative science or engineering courses (including in physics or astronomy)

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: Students who do not maintain a B (3.0) average in their core first-year courses will be required to sit for an oral qualifying examination.
  • PhD Dissertation

MS Degree Requirements for PhD Students

Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program have the opportunity to obtain a formal master’s degree as they work toward completion of the Ph.D. These requirements are as follows:

  • Completion of 12 graded courses as described above
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher