PhD in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology
There has never been a more exciting time to 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. RIT’s doctorate program in astrophysical sciences and technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the earth, and in the development of the technologies, instruments, data analysis, and modeling techniques that will enable the next major strides in the field. The multidisciplinary emphasis of this program sets it apart from conventional astrophysics graduate programs at traditional research universities.
Admission to the MS or Ph.D. program requires a candidate to hold a baccalaureate degree in physical science, mathematics, computer science, or engineering at a regionally accredited college or university. For students with a bachelor’s degree in another area or lacking in adequate academic preparation, bridge and foundation coursework may be necessary prior to full admission. To be considered for admission, a candidate must:
- have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 in undergraduate work in mathematical, science, engineering, and computer subject areas,
- submit transcripts (in English) from all previous college/university-level study,
- submit two letters of recommendation,
- submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and
- complete a graduate application.
Applicants whose native language is other than English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination to demonstrate strong English language skills. A score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-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.
All candidates for the Ph.D. must maintain continuous enrollment during the research phase of the program. Normally, full-time students complete the course of study for the doctorate in approximately four to five years. A total of seven years is allowed to complete the requirements after first attempting the qualifying examination.
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