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Master of Science in Astrophysics and Astronomy Arizona State University




Course info


The astrophysics and astronomy master's degree program prepares you for discovering new planets, exploring cosmology, building space-flight hardware and instruments for telescopes and satellites. You can become part of NASA- and NSF-funded space missions, seeking to answer significant questions about how our universe began and how it continues to evolve.

Program Description

Degree Awarded: MS Astrophysics and Astronomy

The MS program provides fundamental graduate training in astrophysics and astronomy. It prepares candidates for further graduate study or for careers in related fields such as scientific staff positions at government laboratories, teaching at the community college level and technical positions in industry.

Degree Requirements

30 credit hours and a thesis

Required Core (1 credit hour)

SES 502 Exploring SESE Research (1)

Electives or Research (3 credit hours)

Other Requirements (20 credit hours)

AST 521 Stars and Interstellar Medium I (3)

AST 522 Stars and Interstellar Medium II (3)

AST 523 Stars and Interstellar Medium III (3)

AST 531 Galaxies and Cosmology I (3)

AST 532 Galaxies and Cosmology II (3)

AST 533 Galaxies and Cosmology III (3)

AST 591 Seminar: Astrophysics (1)

SES 501 SESE Colloquium (1)

Culminating Experience (6 credit hours)

SES 599 Thesis (6)

Additional Curricular Information

For other requirement courses, substitutions may be made per department approval.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Science in Astrophysics and Astronomy.

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$25,200.00 (18,45,635) per year


13 Jan, 20 Aug


Arizona State University

Tempe Campus,



85287, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

English proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Score of at least 550 (pBT) or 80 (iBT); International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall band score of the academic test of at least 6.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE): Score of at least 60.

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

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