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MS Astrophysical Sciences and Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology
2 years
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Master's degree
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Program description

MS Astrophysical Sciences and Technology

Study the universe beyond the confines of the Earth. A new generation of advanced ground-based and space-borne telescopes and enormous increases in computing power are enabling a golden age of astrophysics.

The MS program in astrophysical sciences and technology from Rochester Institute of Technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the Earth.

This Master of Science degree will explore the development of the technologies, modeling techniques, and data analysis that will enable the next key strides in the field of astrophysics.

The multidisciplinary emphasis of this astrophysics master program sets it apart from conventional astrophysics graduate programs at traditional research universities.

The astrophysics MS program will include 4 core courses, 4 elective courses, two semesters of graduate seminar, and a research project culminating in a thesis.

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Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in astrophysical sciences and technology at RIT, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in physical science, mathematics, computer science, or engineering at an accredited college or university,
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2/4.0 in course work in mathematical, science, engineering, and computer subject areas,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) for all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit two letters of recommendation,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based) is required. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score required for unconditional acceptance is 6.5.

For candidates lacking adequate academic preparation or for those who hold a bachelor's degree in an area other than those listed above, bridge and foundation course work may be necessary prior to full admission.

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Scholarships & funding

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Graduates of this program will be awarded a Master of Science in Astrophysical Sciences and Technologies.

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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a privately endowed, coeducational university made up of more than 19,000 students and from all 50 states and over 100 nations.  RIT’s main campus is located in Rochester, NY, USA, which is approximately 350...

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Why study at Rochester Institute of Technology

You should consider RIT for your graduate study because: it has cutting-edge academic programs, outstanding faculty, and first-rate classroom and laboratory facilities; offers unmatched experiential education programs including co-op; has an excellent reputation and rankings; offers generous financial aid to graduate students; delivers a high return on investment; has an environmentally friendly, sustainable campus; provides a diverse student population, and makes a well-connected network of 135,000 alumni available to graduates.

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Graduate Enrollment, Bausch & Lomb Center, 58 Lomb Memorial Drive
14623 Rochester, NY

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