Masters Programs in Astrophysics

Compare 2 Masters Programs in Astrophysics


For students who wish to continue their formal education beyond a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree is a popular option. This type of program delves more deeply into the preferred area of study and typically takes approximately two to four years to complete.

What is a Master in Astrophysics? A Master in Astrophysics is a structured, research-oriented program that allows students to more fully develop their knowledge of the universe and of physics within a dynamic environment.  Typical courses include topics such as high-energy astrophysics and dynamics, astrophysical objects and space plasma, cosmology, observational software development, and contemporary issues and events in astrophysics. Students in the program complete highly specialized research projects that can span multiple semesters. This program is an appropriate preparation for students who are interested in obtaining a doctoral degree and those who are interested in becoming college professors.

Graduates will have developed the skills to excel at independent research in their desired fields. A master’s degree will give them the advantage when searching for a job in astrophysics. Students with this degree will have learned how to interact with professors from all over the world and network for future career and research opportunities.

The cost of this program will depend upon the institution and the structure of the particular program. The admissions office is available to answer questions that are not answered on the school’s website. Adequate research will help the student make an informed decision.

Many graduates decide to continue on and pursue doctoral degrees in astronomy and then secure positions as professors at universities all over the world.  There is a strong overlap for careers based upon astronomy and those based upon astrophysics. Additional careers include research associates, secondary school teachers, and developers of new and improved astronomical instruments.

A Master of Astrophysics requires both passion and commitment. It is vital for interested students to actively research different programs to ensure that the one they select will be of the greatest interest to them and put them on the correct career path. To learn more, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) (MAA)

The Australian National University | Science
Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Australia Canberra

The degree can be tailored to suit your interests and can include astrophysical techniques, astrophysical, computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies, and cosmology. When you graduate, you may find yourself working as a hydrology modeller, instrument scientist, web analyst, scientist at Geoscience Australia, software engineer, or government and defence scientist. [+]

A two year postgraduate degree offered by  The   ANU College of Science.

Postgraduate students in astronomy and astrophysics at ANU receive an innovative education. You will have access to Australia’s largest optical observatory and to the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, which designs, builds and tests world-leading instrumentation for astronomy and space science. As a postgraduate student, you’ll be based at our Mount Stromlo Observatory, where our staff and students have made major contributions to astronomy, mapping the structure and formation of the Milky Way, discovering planets orbiting other stars, and discovering the accelerating expansion of the Universe. Our staff include winners of the Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Science and the Nobel Prize. Make an enquiry directly with ANU The Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) incorporates both coursework and research components. The coursework component can be tailored to your interests, and can include astrophysical techniques, astrophysical computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies, and cosmology. The research project provides the opportunity to enhance and develop your detailed knowledge and skills in a specific area of astronomy or astrophysics. It may include the acquisition and analysis of telescope data, the development of theoretical models, or the development and testing of new astronomical instrumentation.... [-]

Master In Astrophysics

Universidad de La Laguna
Campus Full time 3 semesters September 2018 Spain Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The exceptional atmospheric conditions for the highest quality astronomical observations in the Canary Islands, together with their geographical proximity and good connection with Europe, justify the presence of the European Observatory of the Northern Hemisphere (ENO). [+]

The exceptional atmospheric conditions for the highest quality astronomical observations in the Canary Islands, together with their geographical proximity and good connection with Europe, justify the presence of the European Observatory of the Northern Hemisphere (ENO). This fact, together with the consequent concentration of teachers and researchers around the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, to the Department of Astrophysics of the ULL and Observatories, Generates an ideal environment for the development of a Masters in Astrophysics in which direct contact with prestigious professionals represents an exceptional added value. The Master has been designed based on a wide and rigorous offer of subjects, options and itineraries that are concreted in three specialties: "Specialty in Theory and Computation", "Specialty in Observation and Instrumentation" and "Structure of Matter". Admission profile. Future students of the master's degree are expected to have one of the following profiles: Graduates in Physics, fundamentally, but also in Mathematics and Engineering (including Informatics) of Spanish universities that want to complete their training with a Masters in Astrophysics. Active graduates who want to improve their training or expand their professional profile (eg teachers of middle schools). Graduates of Iberoamerican, European (and the rest of the world) universities who want to study the Master or some practical credits based on collaborations with the ULL. Graduates in Physics or in any of the experimental sciences, engineers and technical engineers. Requirements of previous training of the Master. The previous training requirements of the students who want to take the master's degree... [-]