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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Astrophysics Indiana University Bloomington




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The astrophysics program is administered jointly by the Department of Astronomy and the Department of Physics through the interdepartmental committee named. Interested students must first gain admission to one of these departments and then petition the committee for entrance into the program after establishing departmental residency. Students may qualify for a master’s degree in astronomy or physics while in this program. Doctoral dissertations in astrophysics may be directed by any qualified member of the Department of Astronomy or Physics graduate faculty.

Course Requirements

In addition to the dissertation, a total of 90 credit hours are required, including four courses or their equivalents from the following Physics courses: Physics P506, P507, P511, P512, P521, P556, P609, P630 (G630) and P637; and four courses or their equivalents from the following Astronomy courses: Astronomy A505, A520, A530, A540, A550, A570, A575, and A580. One additional physics, astronomy core course or astrophysics course is also required. Astrophysics courses in the Bulletin listings for the Astrophysics program can be counted as the additional course if offered. Physics or astronomy or astrophysics courses not in the above list may be approved by the Astrophysics Committee upon petition by the student.

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Full Time (90 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$26,723.00 (19,57,179) per year

USD $5,909 Second 8 weeks summer fee


24 Aug


College of Arts and Sciences

Owen Hall,

790 E. Kirkwood Avenue,



47405, United States

Entry requirement for international students

A student should have the combined admission requirements of doctoral students in astronomy and physics; i.e., a thorough undergraduate training in physics and mathematics plus familiarity with general astronomy. Deficiencies must be removed early, usually without graduate credit.

A student in the Astrophysics Program must meet the foreign language/research-skill requirements (if any) of the department of residence.


Grades below B (3.0) in astronomy and physics courses may be counted toward degree requirements only with the consent of the astrophysics committee.

Qualifying Examination:

There are three ways a student can pass the astrophysics qualifying examination.

Applicants whose native language is not English should submit proof of such proficiency by the time they apply for admission. Normally this is done by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Results of this test should be submitted as part of the application for admission.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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