Ph.D. in Astronomy

PhD in Astronomy

The PhD Astronomy program consists of eight lecture-based courses (credit may be given for relevant graduate courses already taken), a graduate seminar series, and a research dissertation. Students can pursue original significant research and become world authorities in any of the areas represented by our faculty members. Our program offers many opportunities for student interaction with faculty and visiting researchers.


The Benefits of Doing a PhD in Astronomy at Saint Mary’s

  • Our faculty are associated with state-of-the-art international observatories and space-based telescopes.
  • We have the Institute for Computational Astrophysics (ICA), with access to the ACEnet high performance computing facility.
  • Our nuclear astrophysics faculty are associated with the TRIUMF particle accelerator.
  • You can participate in hosting weekly visiting colloquium speakers.
  • You’ll have opportunities to gain experience in astronomy education and public outreach through the campus-based Burke-Gaffney Observatory.
  • Enjoy the collegial environment of a medium-sized department.

Admission Requirements

Master of Science degree in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field.

Application Deadlines and Key Dates

  • International: February 28
  • Canadian and Permanent Residents: February 28
  • Program Start Date: September
  • Minimum time to completion: 4 years

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Program Coordinator

Dr. David Guenther
902-420-5832
Atrium 314F
guenther@ap.smu.ca

Contact Us

Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research
902-420-5089
fgsr@smu.ca
fgsr.smu.ca