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¿Qué aprenderé?

The Master of Science in Physics with a concentration in Astronomy is similar to the M.S. in Physics program, but with a selection of core courses that is better suited to those planning to pursue careers in astronomy teaching and outreach, or in astronomical observatories and laboratories. It is also suitable for those seeking entry into Ph.D. programs in astronomy.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates with M.S. Physics and M.S. Physics, Concentration in Astronomy degrees will be able to:

Describe universal physical principles in classical mechanics, electricity & magnetism, special & general relativity, thermodynamics & statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, astronomy & astrophysics, and relate fundamental conservation principles (conservation of energy, conservation of linear momentum, conservation of angular momentum) to underlying symmetries of nature.

Analyze real-world physical systems on Earth and throughout the Universe, develop simplified models of such systems, translate physical principles into the language of mathematics, and then apply the appropriate mathematical tools (vector calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, variational techniques, probability & statistics, numerical & computational methods) to determine a system's spatiotemporal evolution with an awareness of the limitations of any solutions due to the approximations of the physical models and/or mathematical/computational techniques.

Demonstrate proficiency with basic laboratory skills and experimental techniques with electronics, lasers & optical devices, sensors, detectors, microscopes, and telescopes, always with appropriate safety practices (especially with respect to lasers, chemicals, radioactive materials).

Articulate and apply the “scientific method,” the empirical, iterative method of acquiring new knowledge through developing models to explain observations of the natural world, formulating testable hypotheses, designing and executing experimental, computational, and theoretical investigations to test predictions, analyzing data with appropriate statistics and attention to uncertainties, ascertaining consistency with existing theories, and sharing results with the broader scientific community for confirmation and validation.

Demonstrate writing, speaking, and visual data presentation skills to effectively communicate science at the appropriate level of sophistication for the relevant target audience (e.g., instructors, students, scientists, public-at-large, policy-makers).

Develop the social and communication skills to effectively participate in diverse scientific teams, including those that are multidisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary, and appreciate that the pursuit of science is a human endeavor and that progress is best made when the full spectrum of humanity is encouraged to participate and share their perspectives, passions, and skills.

Engage local, state, national & global communities to address current and emerging scientific and technological challenges in equitable and environmentally sustainable ways.

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

College of Science and Engineering

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (30 horas de crédito)

Costos de estudio
US$14.898,00 por año
Fecha de inicio

Agosto 2022


College of Science and Engineering

Thornton Hall (TH) 323,

1600 Holloway Avenue,



94132, United States

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and the equivalent major coursework for the program area to which application is made.

Para estudiantes internacionales

Most students admitted to our graduate programs will have undergraduate degrees in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, or very closely related fields.

On the other hand, we welcome students whose undergraduate degrees are outside Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, or related fields.

Minimum TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS 6.5 or PTE 55; some majors require higher scores

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


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