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New Mexico State University

The Graduate School, Astronomy


Box 30001, MSC 4500

Las Cruces,



United States





Program Information

Degree Offered

M.S., Ph.D.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Astronomy Department at NMSU offers programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Graduate coursework includes, but not limited to, topics in astrophysics, stellar atmospheres, observational techniques, the interstellar medium, galactic structure, star formation and evolution, extragalactic objects, cosmology, and solar system studies.

Astronomy is one of many departments at NMSU conducting research of national and international significance. Today the department is a site of active research in theoretical and numerical cosmological studies, galactic and extragalactic studies with emphasis on the ISM, galaxy evolution, quasar absorption lines, stellar populations, variable stars, interacting binaries, and planetary studies with emphasis on atmospheres.

The department partners with observatories to enable research.


Our graduate degree requirements are aligned with the requirements set forth by the NMSU Graduate School.

International Student Requirements:

International applicants submitting foreign post-secondary level transcripts are required to have their credentials evaluated by a recognized member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). NMSU requires a comprehensive course by course evaluation. In addition, international students must submit an English language proficiency exam (either TOEFL or IELTS.)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Offered: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research Universities - Extensive

Institution Sector: Public

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000 - 19,999