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The Astrophysics master’s program at the Graduate Center offers students of all backgrounds an exciting route to doctoral study in astronomy and physics and to STEM careers.

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M.S. in Astrophysics

March 30 for fall

From the microscopic structures of meteorites to the largest clusters of galaxies, the study of astrophysics spans a gigantic range of scales and addresses vast topics such as the origins of the universe and the origins of life.  

Astrophysics master’s students explore these areas and more through advanced research with faculty mentors that involves observation, computation, statistics, and data analysis. Graduates are well-positioned to segue into doctoral programs and to transition into the STEM workforce.  

A Galaxy of Top Faculty in NYC

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The CUNY faculty members who teach and mentor in the Astrophysics master’s program are pioneering researchers. All are affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History, and many have appointments at other CUNY campuses. Students are also mentored by researchers at the Flatiron Institute Center for Computational Astrophysics.

Seeking Motivated, Diverse Students

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The Astrophysics master’s program is designed to be a pathway to success for students of all backgrounds. In this bridge program, students get to pursue intensive research in a supportive environment. Professional development in writing, presenting, teamwork, and networking prepare students for doctoral work and for STEM jobs.

Develop In-Demand STEM Skills

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The demand for statisticians, data analysts and scientists, and mathematical scientists is rising. Astrophysics master’s students gain relevant skills, such as computer programming, big data analysis, statistics, and data visualization, that ready them for these growing careers.

Choose Your Pathway

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Students choose between physics and astronomy pathways as they follow the 30-credit curriculum. The physics pathway includes supplemental physics courses and helps students prepare for a physics Ph.D. program. The astronomy pathway focuses on special topics in astrophysics. All students undertake a research project.