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Master’s Degrees in Astronomy & Astrophysics

225 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A master's degree in astronomy is offered at 44 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 21 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 22.7% of astronomy graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Astronomy Majors

In 2018-2019, 225 earned their master's degree in astronomy. This earns it the #199 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

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 Master’s Degrees

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

Student Debt

We do not have the data to estimate the median debt for this class of people.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degrees in astronomy. About 59.6% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 134
Women 91
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Astronomy

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 16
Black or African American 4
Hispanic or Latino 20
White 120
International Students 51
Other Races/Ethnicities 14
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Astronomy Master's Degree Students

There are 44 colleges that offer a master’s degree in astronomy. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
23 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for astronomy students seekinga master's degree is University of California - Santa Cruz. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their master's degree in astronomy from UC Santa Cruz. Of these students, 52% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
17 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Princeton University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master'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.

The astronomy program at Princeton University awarded 17 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 29% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
16 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Colorado Boulder is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in astronomy. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,728 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,826 per year.

The astronomy program at University of Colorado Boulder awarded 16 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 38% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
13 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Yale University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in astronomy. Roughly 13,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,300 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 master's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at Yale. About 38% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
13 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Arizona. 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, 13 master's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at University of Arizona. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

#6

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
11 Yearly Graduations
9% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - University Park is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in astronomy. 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, 11 people received their master's degree in astronomy from Penn State University Park. About 9% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
10 Yearly Graduations
30% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of California - Berkeley. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 people received their master's degree in astronomy from UC Berkeley. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 30% were women.

#8

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California
9 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California Institute of Technology comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master'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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 master's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at Caltech. Of these students, 44% were women and 44% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
8 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego State University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in astronomy. Each year, around 35,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 master's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at SDSU. Of these students, 38% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
7 Yearly Graduations
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in astronomy. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 master's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at U-M.

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

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree 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.

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

#10

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
7 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their master's degree is Harvard University. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 master's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at Harvard. Of these students, 57% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

The 10th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their master's degree is The University of Texas at Austin. Roughly 51,000 attend the school each year. 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 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#14

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, Hawaii
5 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Hawaii at Manoa is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in astronomy. 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 5 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 40% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women

University of Maryland - College Park is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in astronomy. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 master's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at UMCP.

#14

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
5 Yearly Graduations
40% Women

Northwestern University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master'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.

The astronomy program at Northwestern University awarded 5 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#14

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
5 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their master's degree is Texas A&M University - College Station. Each year, around 68,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,941 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,677 per year.

The astronomy program at Texas A&M University - College Station awarded 5 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 20% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women

Rochester Institute of Technology is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in astronomy. Each year, around 16,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,049 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,522 per year.

The astronomy program at Rochester Institute of Technology awarded 5 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#14

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
5 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for astronomy majors who are seeking their master's degree is Indiana University - Bloomington. Each year, around 43,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,575 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,501 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their master's degree in astronomy from IU Bloomington. Of these students, 20% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in astronomy. Roughly 47,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 master's degrees were handed out to astronomy majors at UW Seattle. Of these students, 80% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Chemistry 2,360
Physics 1,998
Geological & Earth Sciences 1,878
Materials Sciences 266
Atmospheric Sciences 238

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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