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. We rarely accept students for the MS degree only but these tend to be special cases, for example funded by a short-term fellowship. 

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, here is information about our program and admissions:

For our current graduate students, here is some useful information: