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Doctor’s Degrees in Astronomy & Astrophysics

185 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A doctor's degree in astronomy is offered at 46 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 12% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 29.2% of astronomy graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Astronomy Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 185 students earned their doctor's degree in astronomy. This makes it the 95th most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in astronomy at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 740
Master’s Degree 225
Doctor’s Degree 185
Associate’s Degree 16
Undergraduate Certificate 1
Basic Certificate 1

Earnings of Astronomy Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for astronomy majors with their doctor's degree due to lack of data.

Student Debt

We do not have the data to calculate the median and range of debt loads for astronomy students who are doctor's degree holders.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue doctor's degrees in astronomy. About 60.5% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 112
Women 73
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Astronomy

The racial-ethnic distribution of astronomy doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 11
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 7
White 101
International Students 54
Other Races/Ethnicities 12
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Astronomy Doctor's Degree Students

There are 46 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in astronomy. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
14 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harvard University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for astronomy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 people received their doctor's degree in astronomy from Harvard. About 50% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
10 Yearly Graduations
30% Women

University of Arizona comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in astronomy. Roughly 44,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 doctor's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at University of Arizona.

#2

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
10 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Princeton University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in astronomy. Roughly 8,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,870 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,870 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 doctor's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at Princeton. Of these students, 20% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
9 Yearly Graduations
33% Women

Northwestern University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in astronomy. Roughly 22,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,232 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,067 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 people received their doctor's degree in astronomy from Northwestern.

#4

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
9 Yearly Graduations
33% Women

University of Virginia - Main Campus comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in astronomy. Each year, around 25,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,970 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,578 per year.

The astronomy program at University of Virginia - Main Campus awarded 9 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#6

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
8 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Berkeley is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in astronomy. Roughly 43,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The astronomy program at University of California - Berkeley awarded 8 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 38% were women.

7 Yearly Graduations

The 7th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is The University of Texas at Austin. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

The astronomy program at The University of Texas at Austin awarded 7 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

7 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Columbia University in the City of New York. Roughly 31,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their doctor's degree in astronomy from Columbia. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#7

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California
7 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California Institute of Technology comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in astronomy. Roughly 2,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,506 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $52,506 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their doctor's degree in astronomy from Caltech. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#7

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, Hawaii
7 Yearly Graduations
14% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Hawaii at Manoa. Roughly 17,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,304 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,912 per year.

The astronomy program at University of Hawaii at Manoa awarded 7 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 14% were women.

#7

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
7 Yearly Graduations
57% Women

University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in astronomy. Each year, around 44,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

The astronomy program at University of Wisconsin - Madison awarded 7 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#12

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

University of Florida comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in astronomy. Roughly 52,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,477 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,770 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their doctor's degree in astronomy from UF.

6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

Arizona State University - Tempe is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in astronomy. Roughly 53,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their doctor's degree in astronomy from ASU - Tempe.

#14

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Los Angeles is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in astronomy. Each year, around 44,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 doctor's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at UCLA. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#14

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
5 Yearly Graduations
40% Women

The 14th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Maryland - College Park. Each year, around 40,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their doctor's degree in astronomy from UMCP.

#14

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
5 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Santa Cruz is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in astronomy. Each year, around 19,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 doctor's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at UC Santa Cruz. Of these students, 40% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

5 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Ohio State University - Main Campus. Roughly 61,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

The astronomy program at Ohio State University - Main Campus awarded 5 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 20% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
5 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in astronomy. Each year, around 51,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 doctor's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at UMN Twin Cities. Of these students, 20% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in astronomy. Each year, around 51,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 doctor's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at UIUC. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#20

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
4 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Pennsylvania State University - University Park. Each year, around 91,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,416 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,960 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their doctor's degree in astronomy from Penn State University Park. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to astronomy that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Chemistry 3,063
Physics 1,875
Geological & Earth Sciences 810
Materials Sciences 178
Atmospheric Sciences 154

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student 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 percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

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