The Master of Science program in astronomy requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 to earn the degree.
Up to one-third of the program of study may be taken in related scientific fields (e.g., meteorology, geology, electrical engineering); selection of such courses is encouraged.
The degree is offered either with or without thesis. The M.S. may be a terminal degree or a step toward a Ph.D. in physics with subprogram and a dissertation in astronomy or astrophysics. In either case the final examination is oral, conducted by a committee of three faculty members.
Students in the thesis program earn the required 30 s.h. in courses numbered 4000 or above, with at least 15 s.h. at the 5000 or above level.
The M.S. may be a terminal degree or a step toward a Ph.D. In either case, the final examination is oral, conducted by a committee of three faculty members.
Listed below are the general categories of coursework required to earn the degree; for more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the Master of Science in astronomy, visit the UI General Catalog.
Upper-Level Astronomy Courses
Additional Upper-Level Electives for Non-Thesis Option or Thesis Work
Application Deadline: January 1st (for Fall semester enrollment)