M.Sc. in Astronomy

Information for Prospective Students


MSc in Astronomy


The M.Sc. Astronomy program consists of six lecture-based courses (credit may be given for relevant graduate courses already taken), a graduate seminar series, and a research dissertation. The program provides the opportunity for students to pursue original significant research and to become world authorities in any of the areas represented by our faculty members. The program is offered in an environment that features many opportunities for student interaction with faculty and visiting researchers.

The Benefits of Doing an MSc in Astronomy at Saint Mary's

  • Faculty associated with state-of-the-art international observatories and space-based telescopes.
  • Institute for Computational Astrophysics (ICA) with access to the ACEnet high performance computing facility.
  • Nuclear astrophysics faculty associated with the TRIUMF particle accelerator.
  • Student participation in hosting weekly visiting colloquium speakers.
  • Opportunities to gain experience in astronomy education and public outreach through the campus-based Burke-Gaffney Observatory.
  • Collegial environment of a medium-sized department.

Admission Requirements

A B.Sc. (HONS) degree or equivalent in Astronomy, Mathematics or Physics

Application Deadlines and Key Dates

  • International: February 1
  • Canadian and Permanent Residents: February 1
  • Program Start Date: September
  • Minimum time to completion: 2 years

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Program Coordinator

Dr. Luigi Gallo
Atrium 319C

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Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research

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