Program Details

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. For a list of graduates of the program, go to our Graduate Alumni page.


Paths to an astronomy degree

MS courses MS research MS thesis MS final exam MS degree PhD courses PhD research PhD courses PhD research PhD qual exam PhD comp exam PhD dissertation PhD dissertation PhD degree

The diagram above shows the various possible paths toward an astronomy graduate degree open to incoming students. Most students enter with bachelors degrees (BA/BS) in physics or astronomy. We also accept students with masters degrees (MA/MS) in astronomy, physics, or closely related fields and allow them to move more rapidly through the initial phases of the graduate PhD program.

For an overview of our graduate courses, research facilities, and degree programs, see:

If you are a prospective graduate student, please see our pages on admissions and support:

You can also view our Course schedule, details about Registration, and Deadlines. For general information on graduate studies and graduate student life at UH Manoa, see University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Office of Graduate Education.