12 months
28464 USD/year
28464 USD/year
13176 USD/year
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The Master of Science Degree in Astronomy at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is designed to give our admitted PhD students who entered without a Masters Degree the opportunity to achieve a solid background in astronomy, skills that can be applied in astronomy-related professions and experience in research. 


The Astronomy Department at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, in collaboration with the Physics Department, offers graduate students in astronomy and astrophysics strong training in a wide range of areas related to science and engineering. 

Students also have ready access to observing and computing facilities for their dissertation research, and are guided by distinguished faculty.

Key Features 

  • In the past two decades, astronomy has undergone a technological transformation. Ground-based astronomy has benefitted enormously from the development of modern solid-state detector arrays and large radio and optical/infrared telescopes. 
  • Satellites have opened previously inaccessible parts of the electromagnetic spectrum to observation. University of Illinois Astronomy students and faculty make active use of leading-edge space-based and ground-based facilities (such as DES or SPT) in their research.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Solar System and Worlds Beyond
  • Stars and Galaxies
  • The Solar System Lab
  • Stars and Galaxies Lab
  • Killer Skies: Astro-Disasters
  • Computing in Astronomy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in physical science or engineering. Transcripts issued to you by your undergraduate institution(s) may be uploaded with your application. Official transcripts and degree certifications are only required after admission.
  • Minimum Grade-Point Average: 3.0 (A = 4.0) for the last two years of undergraduate study; this is a university requirement.
  • Resume or CV
  • Exactly three (3) Letters of Recommendation, from people who know you well and can attest to your suitability for graduate study.
  • Personal Statement: A narrative statement, up to three pages, of your motivations for pursuing graduate study, past research experiences, and future goals. 
  • The GRE General Test and Subject Test in Physics are not required for admission, and most applicants do not provide GRE scores. 

Tuition Fee

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    28464 USD/year
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  • National

    28464 USD/year
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  • In-State

    13176 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 13176 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Urbana

1100 - 1500 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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