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Admissions and Aid

The Astrophysics master’s program takes a holistic approach to admissions, taking into account each student’s story, rather than focusing primarily on grades and test scores.  

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Application Deadline: March 30 for fall

The admissions requirements are: 

  • Unofficial transcript (Official transcript will be required upon admittance.): There is not a strict GPA requirement. We look at grades in STEM coursework, including signs of improvement over time. A basic background in undergraduate physics is required, including the math coursework that generally accompanies physics courses, to ensure success in a graduate-level program. No prior programming experience is required. 

  • Three letters of recommendation. Guidelines for recommenders are as follows:

    • Discuss how you know the student
    • Discuss the student’s potential to conduct independent research
    • Appraise the student’s academic capacity
    • Describe the student’s motivation and work ethic
    • Evaluate the student’s maturity, grit, self-assessment ability, and socio-emotional developmental status
    • Discuss the student’s strengths
    • Prepare a detailed letter 
  • Application form: Provides basic information 

  • Essay: Describe your professional goals, and how an M.S. in Astrophysics from CUNY will help you achieve them. Include any relevant background information such as research experience, coursework, role models, and personal experience that have led you to these goals. If you have research experience, please describe your project, including what question you sought to answer, what skills you gained, and what problems you needed to solve to meet your goals. If you have no research experience, describe a time you had to creatively solve a problem.  Also, tell us your academic story, and tell us how you will contribute to our community. 

  • Applicant interview: Select candidates will be invited to participate in interviews with faculty members.  

  • The GRE is not used in admissions.  

Tuition and Fees

Master’s students at The Graduate Center who are residents of New York State and registered for a minimum of 12 credits per semester will pay a flat fee for tuition. Out-of-state residents and students taking less than 12 credits will be charged on a per-credit basis.

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Fellowships and Financial Aid

While The Graduate Center does not currently offer full-tuition scholarships or additional stipends for living expenses, there are funding opportunities available to master’s students that can help cover the cost of attendance, including scholarships, federal and private loans, and federal work-study.

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