As a graduate student at Michigan State, you will be part of a vibrant group of astronomers with a diversity of research interests. Our degree program is designed to move graduate students quickly into research projects.

MSU astronomy graduate students have access to world-class faciliities, including the 4.1-m SOAR telescope in Cerro Pachón, Chile and the Blue Waters supercomputer. In addition, there are many opportunities for interdisciplinary work: MSU is the lead institution of the  NSF frontier center JINA (Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics) and has recently established a new department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering.

In addition to working with faculty on cutting-edge research, MSU astronomy graduate students learn a variety of professional skills. From journal club discussions to yearly research presentations, MSU astronomy graduate students have numerous opportunities to practice their scientific presentation skills. Our weekly seminars offer students a chance to meet leading researchers across the spectrum of astronomy.

MSU astronomy graduate students learn how to present scientific results to a broad range of audiences, from colleagues to the general public. Whether it is leading a star party at the campus observatory or learning to employ active learning techniques as an instructor, MSU astronomy graduate students learn valuable professional skills. Several of our alumni are now employed at four-year undergraduate institutions.

If you are interested in coming to Michigan State for graduate work, contact Kim Crosslan.