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.
The diagrams above show 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:
- Astronomy education site map
- Course descriptions
- Observatory facilities
- MS degree
- PhD degree
- Other Astronomy programs
If you are a prospective graduate student, please see our pages on admissions and support:
- Why choose Hawai‘i?
- Admission criteria
- How to apply
- Financial support
- Protograd Visit Statement of Values
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.