Astronomy and Astrophysics

Details

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Astronomy and Astrophysics
Admits Fall term. Deadline for applications is January 4. GRE general and Physics subject test required (Institution Code 1839, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Dept. Code 0801, Astronomy); 3 letters of recommendation are required. Transcripts are required. Please respond to the following in your Statement of Purpose: Our Department offers a friendly environment, top-ranked facilities, and a broad range of research opportunities in astronomy and astrophysics. What is most important for you personally to succeed in our graduate program?
Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 01573; Academic Program: Astronomy and Astrophysics; Ph.D.

Faculty

Chair: Professor Edwin Bergin

Professors: Aller, Bell, Bergin, Bregman, Calvet, Cowley (Emeritus), Hartmann, Mateo, Meyer, J. Miller, Monnier, Oey, Richstone, and Seitzer

Associate Professors: Gallo, Gnedin, C. Miller, Ruszkowski, and Valluri

Assistant Professors: Gultekin, Loebman, Rauscher, and Sharon

Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to the specific requirements listed below, see the Doctoral Degrees section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

Admission: Applicants admitted to the graduate program may proceed to dissertation work after completing course requirements in good standing, passing the preliminary examination, and obtaining approval from the department.

Specific Course Requirements: The core courses Astronomy 500, 501, 531, 532, 533, 534, and 535, and courses that are recommended by the Graduate Studies Coordinator.

Qualifying Examination: None.

Foreign Language Requirement: None.

Work Experience Requirement: Two terms of full-time teaching at the college level, research independent of the dissertation, or practicum.

Preliminary Examination: This examination consists of a written examination and an oral examination. This examination must be attempted by a student no later than the third year of residence.

Dissertation Prospectus: None.

Candidate Status: Candidacy requirements are described in the Doctoral Degrees section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

For information on the dissertation committee, final oral examination, and publication of dissertation, see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

Contact

University of Michigan

311 West Hall
1085 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107
Phone: (734) 764-3440
Fax: (734) 763-6317
E-mail: astro-phd@umich.edu
Program Website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/astro/graduates/application-info

Courses

The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. Not all of the courses listed below are available for registration. Please see the Schedule of Classes on the Office of the Registrar's website for course offerings by term. The final authority for changes in course offerings rests with the academic departments.

Astronomy (Subject Code: ASTRO)
401.  Solar Sys Astrophys.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: ASTRO,MATH 116, PHYSICS 140 and 240. Permission of instructor  (3 credits)

401.  Solar Sys Astrophys.  Required pre-requisite: [(MATH 215 or 255 or 285) and (prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 340 or 360)] or graduate standing  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 216, 256 or 286 and ASTRO 201  (3 credits)

402.  Stellar Astrophy.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 216, and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 340.  (3 credits)

402.  Stellar Astrophy.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 216, 256 or 286 and ASTRO 201  (3 credits)

403.  Interstell Medium.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 216 and prior or current enrollment in PHYSICS 340 (or 260)  (3 credits)

404.  Galaxies&Universe.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 216 and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 340  (3 credits)

405.  High Energy Astro.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 216 and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 340 and PHYSICS 390  (3 credits)

405.  High Energy Astro.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 216, 256 or 286, ASTRO 201, PHYSICS 340 or 360, and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 390  (3 credits)

406.  Computat Astro.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 216, prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 240 (or 260), and some knowledge of programming.  (3 credits)

406.  Computat Astro.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in MATH 216, 256 or 286, prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 235, 240 or 260, and some knowledge of programming  (3 credits)

461.  Ground Observatories.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: ASTRO 201 and ASTRO 361  (3 credits)

500.  Theor Astrphy:Light.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

501.  Mod Astr Techniques.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

520.  Cosmochemistry.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: ASTRO 401, 402, 404, and permission of instructor  (3 credits)

530.  Stellar Astrophys I.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (3 credits)

531.  Stellar Astrophys II.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

532.  High Energ Universe.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

533.  Str&Cont of Galax.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

534.  Extragalact Univers.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

535.  Astrph Interstellar.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

690.  Theoretic Astrophys.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (1 to 4 credits)

691.  Observ Astrophysics.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (1 to 4 credits)

699.  Special Problems.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (1 to 8 credits)

901.  Res-Theoret Astro.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (1 to 8 credits)

902.  Res-Observ Astro.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (1 to 8 credits)

990.  Diss-Precand.  Required pre-requisite: NULL  Advisory pre-requisite: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing.  (1 to 8 credits)

995.  Diss-Cand.  Required pre-requisite: Candidate  Advisory pre-requisite: NULL  (4 or 8 credits)

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Program Statistics: Ph.D.

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Number of applications 134 115
Number of new doctoral students 6 5
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
Total enrollment 26 25
Female 46% 47%
Male 54% 53%
International 15% 14%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 85% 86%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2015 5 Year Average
African American 0% 0%
Asian American 0% 2%
Hispanic (one or more races) 9% 6%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 91% 92%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 0% 0%
Not indicated 0% 0%
Ph.D. Degree
2015 5 Year Average
Number of degrees awarded 5 4
Median years to Ph.D. 5.72 5.79
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2015 79%
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2005-06 and 2009-10 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2015 71%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2015 5 Year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 100% 96%
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition OR stipend support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 0% 3%
Enrolled Ph.D. students who received no financial support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 0% 1%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type tenth year after graduation, 2002 - 2006 cohorts Position type fifth year after graduation, 2007 - 2011 cohorts Position type first year after graduation, 2011 - 2015 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 9% 15% 0%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 18% 46% 58%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 27% 15% 5%
Business / Industry 0% 0% 21%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 9% 23% 11%
Not employed 0% 0% 0%
No data available 36% 0% 5%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 11 13 19

Program statistics are updated annually in December. Last updated December 24, 2015.