Astronomy Graduate Program

The University of Maryland at College Park offers a Ph.D. in Astronomy. It is common that students will get an M.S. degree in the course of their Ph.D. studies, but only applications for the Ph.D. program will be accepted. An overview of the admission and course requirements for this program is outlined below.

If you have questions about your application or our graduate program, contact Ms. MaryAnn Phillips.


Graduate Program Information

Click the above link for a complete and printable version of the Astronomy Handbook for Graduate Students. This and the section links below are PDF documents and require Acrobat Reader to view.

  1. Introduction
    1. General
    2. Physics/Astronomy
    3. Degree Options
  2. Admission
  3. General Information
    1. Advising
      1. Student's Role
    2. Assistantships
    3. Transfer and Duration of Credits
    4. Status in the University
      1. Full-Time/Part-Time
      2. Residency
  4. PhD Program
    1. Course Requirements
      1. University Requirements
      2. Department of Astronomy Requirements
    2. Stage 1 - From Admission to Graduate School to Admission to the PhD
      1. Second Year Research Project
      2. The Qualifying Exam
      3. Admission to the PhD Program
    3. Joint PhD with PUC
      1. Applying
    4. Stage 2 - Thesis Committee and Advancing to PhD Candidacy
      1. Regulations
    5. Stage 3 - From Candidacy to Completion of the PhD
      1. Regulations
  5. MS Program
    1. Non-Thesis Option
      1. Course Requirements and Regulations
    2. Thesis Option
      1. Course Requirements
      2. Thesis
      3. Regulations
  6. Special Status
    1. Part-Time Students
    2. Provisionally Admitted Students
  7. Appendices
    1. Appendix A: Representative Course Syllabi
    2. Appendix B: Dissertation Defense