Graduate Program

Students in the Astrophysics Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota find a challenging, yet personal environment, where they can prepare themselves for careers in research, teaching, and other scientific areas. They receive a rigorous foundation in astronomy and physics, while working closely with internationally respected faculty on the most important astrophysical research problems of the day.

Students and faculty make use of the excellent observational, laboratory, and computational facilities in the department as well as national and international observatories. A wide range of other research institutes on campus, extensive opportunities for professional teaching development, and educational programs in related scientific and technical fields enrich the graduate experience for Minnesota students. The warm cultural and recreational atmosphere of the Twin Cities is an added attraction, making the University of Minnesota a stimulating and enjoyable place to study.

Apllication Info

Application Information

The Astrophysics Graduate Program only accepts applications for Fall admissions. For more information, please refer to the Graduate Application or Frequently Asked Questions pages, call the Institute office at 612-624-4811, or email .

Academic Program

Academic Program

A graduate student in astrophysics leads a busy, stimulating life balancing classes, teaching, and research. An individual faculty adviser helps each graduate student juggle these various responsibilities and decide about course work and research.

 M.S. & Ph.D. Programs  Research Areas  Grad Handbook

The University & Minneapolis

The University of Minnesota is one of America's leading research universities. It regularly ranks among the top in receipt of federal grants for research and development, and its Graduate School has been rated among the six best in American public universities.


Graduate Alumni

These pages list the Masters and Ph.D. graduates of the University of Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics (formerly the Department of Astronomy), their thesis topics, and employment history. [Coming soon!]

 AAS Job Registry  AIP Career Network

Contact Information

MN Institute for Astrophysics

University of Minnesota
John T. Tate Hall, 116 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455

P: (612) 624-4811