Astronomy and Astrophysics

Details

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Astronomy and Astrophysics
Admits Fall term. Deadline for applications is January 6. 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 Joel N. Bregman

Professors: Aller, Bergin, Calvet, Cowley (Emeritus), Hartmann, Mateo and Richstone

Associate Professors: Bell, Gnedin, J. Miller, Monnier, and Oey

Assistant Professors: Gallo, C. Miller, Ruszkowski, 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

830 Dennison Building
500 Church St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1042
Phone: (734) 764-3440
Fax: (734) 763-6317
E-mail:
Program Website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/astro/graduate/applicationinfo

Courses

The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. For more detailed and current information write directly to the department.

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  Astronomy (Subject Code: ASTRO)


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

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

403.  Interstell Medium.  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 216 and prior or current enrollment in PHYSICS 340 (or 260) and 390  (3 credits)

404.  Galaxies&Universe.  Advisory pre-requisite: MATH 216 and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 340 and PHYSICS 390  (3 credits)

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

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

461.  Ground Observatories.  Advisory pre-requisite: ASTRO 160 or 201, and ASTRO 361  (3 to 4 credits)

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

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

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

530.  Stellar Astrophys I.  (3 credits)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

990.  Diss-Precand.  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  (4 or 8 credits)

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Program Statistics

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2013 5 year Average
Number of applications 96 101
Number of new doctoral students 5 5
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2013 4 year Average
Total enrollment 24 25
Female 46% 45%
Male 54% 55%
International 13% 14%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 88% 86%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2013 4 year Average
African American 0% 0%
Asian American 5% 2%
Hispanic (one or more races) 10% 2%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 86% 94%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 0% 1%
Not indicated 0% 0%
Ph.D. Degree
2013 5 year Average
Number of degrees awarded 3 4
Median years to Ph.D. 6 6
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2013 74%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2013 4 year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 96% 95%
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) 4% 2%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type first year after graduation, 2009 - 2013 cohorts Position type five years after graduation, 2005 - 2009 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 0% 0%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 72% 43%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 0% 29%
Business / Industry 17% 0%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 6% 29%
Not employed 0% 0%
No data available 6% 0%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 18 7

These data will be updated annually in December.