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Astronomy & Astrophysics at Rochester Institute of Technology

If you are interested in studying astronomy and astrophysics, you may want to check out the program at Rochester Institute of Technology. The following information will help you decide if it is a good fit for you.

RIT is located in Rochester, New York and approximately 16,158 students attend the school each year.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Astronomy & Astrophysics section at the bottom of this page.

RIT Astronomy & Astrophysics Degrees Available

  • Master’s Degree in Astronomy
  • Doctorate Degree in Astronomy

RIT Astronomy & Astrophysics Rankings

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There were 5 students who received their doctoral degrees in astronomy, making the school the #9 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Astronomy Student Demographics at RIT

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the astronomy majors at Rochester Institute of Technology.

RIT Astronomy & Astrophysics Master’s Program

20% Women
During the 2020-2021 academic year, 5 astronomy majors earned their master's degree from RIT. Of these graduates, 80% were men and 20% were women.


Of the students who received a astronomy master's degree from RIT, 100% were white. This is above average for this degree on the natiowide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a master's in astronomy.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 5
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

Careers That Astronomy Grads May Go Into

A degree in astronomy can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for NY, the home state for Rochester Institute of Technology.

Occupation Jobs in NY Average Salary in NY
Physics Postsecondary Professors 1,430 $117,370
Natural Sciences Managers 1,360 $148,460
Physicists 950 $138,920
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Professors 880 $108,020


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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