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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: April 15 for fall (no spring admission)

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. Applicants are advised to seek letter writers who can speak to their motivation, maturity, grit, and work ethic. We advise letter writers to:

    • Provide insight about applicant and the quality of their work
    • Provide detailed examples of student achievement and promise from own experience
    • Provide strong evidence that student is highly motivated
  • Application form: Provides basic information 

  • Applicant statement: Applicants are asked to share their story and how the program aligns with their goals. 
    Describe your professional goals, and how a 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.

  • International Students: Unfortunately, because this program is new, we are unable to sponsor visas for international students.  Once the Student and Exchange Visitor Program approves the program we can issue visas, and we encourage international applicants to check back next year with the intention to apply for Fall 2024 admission.

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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Thanks to the generosity of the Simons Foundation, we are thrilled to offer full financial support for our master's students.  This support includes:

  • full tuition 
  • $30,000 stipend for each academic year
  • $6,000 summer salary stipend
  • $5,000 annual health insurance supplementary stipend
  • up to $1,000 relocation allowance
  • travel to two conferences in the second year
  • a $2,000 supply stipend 

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