Graduate Program


Statement on Diversity and Inclusion in Graduate Admissions

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts strongly values diversity and inclusion at all levels and is committed to provide opportunities to all. Towards the goal of being a community that reflects the diverse makeup of our society, the Department, in its graduate admission proceedings, will strive to increase the admission of students from historically underrepresented groups in Astronomy, aiming at aligning with national population averages. The Department will continue to be a welcoming beacon of scholarship for all.



Astronomy Department at UMass offers an opportunity to pursue a PhD program in a wide range of theoretical and experimental topics in astrophysics. Students have access to a variety of internal research facilities and instrumentation programs. Many of our students also routinely incorporate projects utilizing highly competitive national and international facilities such as the HST, Chandra, JVLA, and ALMA for their research activities.

For more information, please consult the Astronomy Graduate Program Handbook



How do I apply to the graduate program?

If you would like to receive graduate application materials, go to UMass' Graduate Programs Page and choose the link which applies to you.

Information about Tuition and Fees: nearly all of our students in the PhD program are supported by teaching and research fellowships.

If you have further questions about our graduate admissions, write, e-mail, or call: Professor Mauro Giavalisco

For Further Information

If you have further questions about our graduate program, write, e-mail, or call Professor Grant Wilson.

Factsheet of the Astronomy graduate program at UMass Amherst