12 months
9608 USD/year
9608 USD/year
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The Department of Astronomy at San Diego State University offers graduate study leading to the Master’s of Science degree in astronomy.


Key facts

The Astronomy degree at San Diego State University is designed to prepare students either for further graduate work leading to the doctorate, or for a professional career in teaching or in industry.  In brief, all students will complete coursework in astronomy and closely related fields, and then complete either a written thesis (“Plan A”) or pass a comprehensive examination (“Plan B”).

Thesis projects are conducted in collaboration with department faculty, whose research ranges from the structure and evolution of stars, to the physics of the brightest explosions in the universe, to the formation and growth of galaxies.  Graduate students have access to MLO observing facilities, as well as to extensive campus computing facilities and to the San Diego Supercomputer Center.  Students interested in broader community outreach may make use of numerous on-campus observing facilities for this purpose, including a Clark 12-inch refractor, two permanently fixed 12-inch reflecting telescopes, ten portable 8-inch Meade LX200 reflectors, and 20 smaller assorted portable reflecting telescopes.  Students may also design their own planetarium shows using our classic Spitz AP3 planetarium.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Binary Stars
  • Galactic Structure
  • Stellar Atmospheres and Interiors
  • Galactic Structure and Evolution
  • Astronomical Techniques

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the Cal State Apply Application
  • Create an SDSU WebPortal Account
  • Submit Official Transcripts and Diploma/Degree Certificate
  • Submit Official Test Scores
  • Submit Program Specific Documents
  • Applicants who have earned a three-year baccalaureate degree from an international institution, may be considered for admission.

Tuition Fee

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    9608 USD/year
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  • National

    9608 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9608 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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