24 months
3240 USD/module
3240 USD/module
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The Astronomy program of Wesleyan University offers graduate work leading to the degree of master of arts. The small size of the department permits individualized instruction and a close working relationship between students and faculty.


Graduate Program

Students enrolled in the Astronomy program of Wesleyan University are expected to become involved in the research programs of the department early in their graduate careers. They also are expected to select courses offered in the areas of observational and theoretical astronomy and astrophysics; a graduate student normally takes at least one 500-level astronomy course each semester. Additional courses in physics, mathematics, or planetary science are recommended according to individual student needs. 

Two years are usually necessary to complete requirements for the MA degree. However, the department also offers a five-year combined BA plus MA program for Wesleyan students. Eligible astronomy majors who complete their undergraduate requirements can obtain a master’s degree upon successful completion of an additional year of graduate coursework and a thesis. Primary research activities in the department include mapping the local interstellar medium, probing the atmospheres of extrasolar planets, observations of young stars and protoplanetary disks, investigations of x-ray binary star systems, and studies of the massive black holes that reside at the centers of galaxies.


The emphasis in the program is on research and scholarly achievement, but graduate students are expected to improve communication skills by classroom teaching, formal interaction with undergraduate students, and presenting talks to the observatory staff and to the community.  BA/MA students are not required to be teaching assistants.


Wesleyan offers an MA Concentration in Planetary Science. Planetary science is an emerging interdisciplinary field at the intersection of geology and astronomy with substantial contributions from physics, chemistry, and biology. The subject matter is planets, including those around other stars (exo-solar systems). The science questions include the most important of our times: How do planets (including Earth) form? How common are they in the universe? What is their range of properties and how do they evolve? Is there or was there ever life on other planets? The discovery of even microbial life beyond Earth would rank as one of the greatest human achievements of all time, and this quest lies squarely within the purview of planetary science.

Programme Structure

  • The student will normally enroll in at least one 500-level course in astronomy each semester. Depending on the year, the courses are ASTR521, ASTR522, ASTR524, ASTR531, ASTR532, or ASTR555. These courses are similar in content to the 200-level courses of the same name but with some supplementary materials and special assignments. 
  • These supplements are designed especially for graduate students. In order to show proficiency in astronomy, physics, and mathematics, a minimum of 6-10 non-seminar credits, with grades of B- or better, is required for the MA degree.
  • The student may expect to take two to four courses in physics, mathematics, or other sciences after consultation with the faculty of the department.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Essay Information: Please describe in detail the following: 1) Your academic background, abilities, interests, and objectives; 2) What attracted you to your chosen course of study; 3) Any research experience you have had; and 4) Why you feel Wesleyan's program is suited to your academic and professional goals. Be sure to include your full name and date of birth on each page of your essay.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores; if you are an international prospective student only.
  • Official transcript(s) for undergraduate and/or graduate studies

Tuition Fee

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    3240 USD/module
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    Based on the tuition of 3240 USD per module during 24 months.
  • National

    3240 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3240 USD per module during 24 months.

Living costs for Middletown

1100 - 1600 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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