Graduate Studies

Astronomy graduate students

Our program in Astronomy and Space Sciences has 30 faculty, 42 graduate students (30 from our program and 12 from other Departments) and 22 postdoctoral/research associates and senior research associates involved with it. It offers a wide variety of world-class research opportunities in astronomy, astrophysics and space science, with strong multidisciplinary connections, and a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Graduate Program Overview

Graduate students in our program pursue research in planetary and exoplanetary science, galactic and extra-galactic astronomy and cosmology. They are involved in instrumentation design and development, astronomical observation and data analysis, complex computational simulations and astrophysics theory.

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A Typical Graduate Path

Our students have very diverse interests, but there are aspects of the PhD program, beyond their interest in Astronomy and Space Science research, that are common to them all: a Special Committee to guide them, courses to help broaden their knowledge, opportunities to get teaching experience, formal assessment throughout the program and that we solicit their feedback, and input, to help ensure the program is a success.

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How to Apply

All application materials must be received by Cornell no later than December 15. All supporting documents, including academic transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation, must be received by this date. It is preferred that you submit all items online. 

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Grad Student Spotlights

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Grad Student Documents

Click here for the Graduate Handbook, travel forms, purchase request forms, etc.