University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Astronomy Graduate Program

To live and work under the sky of Hawai‘i is an extraordinary privilege. The Institute for Astronomy’s unmatched access to the telescopes and instruments on Maunakea and Haleakala represents a unique resource for education as well as research. We are one of the top astronomy graduate schools in the country, offering the MS and PhD degrees. If you are a prospective student, please read “Why choose Hawai‘i?

The Astronomy Graduate Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa was founded in 1972.  The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa offers both MS and PhD degrees in astronomy. Our program is designed for students with a strong background in physical sciences; we focus on training professional astronomers for academic and research positions. Since a PhD is generally necessary for such a career, almost all astronomy students enter the program with the goal of getting a PhD.