Twin Cities Campus
Astrophysics, Minnesota Institute for
College of Science and Engineering
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics, 116 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-4811; fax: 612-626-2029)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Astrophysics is the study of the universe and its constituent parts. The department conducts research in observational, theoretical, and computational astrophysics, as well as instrument development. The main research areas include minor planetary bodies, solar system properties, dynamics of normal and active galaxies, stellar evolution, interaction of stars with their environments, the interstellar medium, astrophysical magnetohydrodynamics, and galactic and cosmological structure. Observational research includes activities that cover X-ray, ultraviolet, optical, infrared, and radio wavelengths. Extensive research programs in space physics, nucleosynthesis, and the elementary particle-cosmology interface are also carried out in interdisciplinary connections with the graduate program in physics.
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.50.
An undergraduate degree in astronomy or physics or the equivalent is required. Contact the Graduate Studies Committee for exceptions.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
A statement of career goals, scores from the GRE General (Aptitude) Test and Subject (Advanced) Test in physics, and three letters of recommendation are required. Applications are due by January 1 to be considered for fellowships and by January 15 for teaching and research assistantships. Students are admitted fall semester only. Additional application information is available at www.astro.umn.edu/grad/apply/
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Plan A: Plan A requires 14 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 14 to 24 major credits and 6 to 16 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
The master's degree requires a minimum of 30 credits and is offered under Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (project). Completion of the degree normally takes two years.
All students are required to take the following course
PHYS 5011 - Classical Physics I (4.0 cr)
Plan A requires 14 credits in astrophysics, 6 credits in a minor or in related fields outside AST, and 10 thesis credits
AST 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
Plan B requires 14 credits in astrophysics and 6 credits in a minor or in related fields outside of AST. The remaining 10 credits may be taken in the major field or any supporting field. The Plan B also requires the completion of 1-3 papers written in connection with three courses taken in the program.
|Credits:||4.0 [max 4.0]|
|Typically offered:||Every Fall|
|Credits:||1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]|
|Grading Basis:||No Grade|
|Typically offered:||Every Fall, Spring & Summer|