You will have received with a PhD
at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
a solid foundation in the study of astronomy, including the sun, the solar system, the stars, the Milky Way, the galaxies and cosmology with active participation in all phases of observational astronomical research. The course will also include the area of astrophysics involving the investigation of binary stars and black hole binaries, novae and supernovae in other galaxies, plus active research programs on star clusters and stellar collision.
phd students: Usually, a Ph.D. student takes various courses during their first two years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
while at the same time sampling research projects with various faculties in Astronomy University of Massachusetts Amherst
offers a full set of graduate astronomy courses dealing with major research areas in astrophysics. Areas looked at include physical processes, stellar interiors and atmospheres, cosmology, galaxies, interstellar medium, dynamics, planetary astronomy, observational astronomy, and a variety of special topics. As early as in their first year, students are encouraged to undertake faculty-supervised research programs so they can make qualified decisions about a thesis topic and/or a research career.