New Mexico State University - Department of Astronomy

New Mexico State University - Department of Astronomy

PO Box 30001, MSC 4500, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003, United States of America
New Mexico State University - Department of Astronomy
New Mexico State University - Department of Astronomy

New Mexico State University - Department of Astronomy

PO Box 30001, MSC 4500, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003, United States of America

About

Recent graduate degree recipients have secured positions at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Yale University, the Space Telescope Science Institute, NASA, NRAO/VLA, and Johns Hopkins University, to name but a few.

The Department strives to provide a vibrant inclusive environment to study a broad range of astronomical topics. We have faculty with expertise ranging from solar physics, Solar System science, exoplanetary science, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. We are a member of the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) and have a corresponding share of the ARC 3.5m telescope and are a full member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey projects: NMSU operates the Apache Point Observatory on behalf of ARC and SDSS.

Las Cruces is located in the desert southwest at an elevation of ~4000 feet. The climate is very pleasant through fall, winter and spring and there are many opportunities for outdoor activities.

Program Requirements

Master's:
The M.S. program is closely geared to the Ph.D. program, and is normally achieved en route to the Ph.D. Students who might only be interested in a Masters should contact the Department.

Doctorate:
A minimum of 64 credits of graduate work in astronomy and related fields of which 33 are in formal courses. Qualification is ascertained during the student's third semester and a comprehensive oral given after formal course work is completed. Written exam evaluations are based on monthly cumulative examinations. A dissertation and a final oral examination on the dissertation are also required. The residence requirement is two consecutive semesters of full-time graduate work after the first 30 credits.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The NMSU Astronomy Department takes active measures to maintain a collegial and inclusive atmosphere. We hold a weekly informal tea time where department members at all levels gather to enjoy some casual conversation and snacks. We also have a more science-focused weekly astro-ph discussion group and biweekly research affinity groups (e.g. Planetary Group, Galaxy Group) that meet to review recent papers and current events. Department members also meet socially outside of the department for meals, hiking and other outdoor activities, an Astronomy Book Club, and general fellowship. The graduate student and faculty are also engaged in numerous public outreach activities and community events designed to promote scientific literacy and awareness in southern New Mexico.