Astronomy & Astrophysics

The graduate program in Astronomy and Astrophysics is offered by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy.

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics is actively engaged in a wide range of observational and theoretical research on solar system dynamics, stars, stellar systems, the interstellar medium, the Galaxy, galaxies, quasars, clusters of galaxies, cosmology, and problems in general relativity. The Department has close ties with the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and the Dunlap Institute​, which further enhance the opportunities for our students to interact with leading researchers.

Faculty and students use the major optical, radio, and satellite observing facilities of the world. We have an active experimental program using telescopes on long-duration stratospheric balloons and a complementary program designing and building instrumentation for optical, millimetre, and radio telescopes.  

There are approximately 100 faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and staff in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, CITA, and Dunlap Institute. Students benefit from direct interactions with the broad range of external speakers invited to weekly seminar programs and colloquia. ​

Degrees Offered

​Astronomy and Astrophysics - MSc, PhD

​​​​​Quick Facts

​​ ​​​​1. All applicants must meet the School of Graduate Studies English Language Proficiency requirements​.
2. For more information on admission requirements, ple​ase review the program'​s SGS Calendar entry: ​​​

​​​​​​​Research Stream Program Funding Information​

Base Funding Amount -

Graduate units determine a base funding amount for doctoral research stream programs and the number of years that the student will be eligible. In addition to the Base Funding, all eligible students will receive the cost of academic tuition and fees. More information about Base Funding can be found at .​

Actual Income -

Students often have the opportunity to earn additional income through research stipends, internal and external fellowships, RA employment income and TA-ships. Therefore, the average actual income of students in a program is typically higher than the Base Funding amount in that program. More information about Actual Incomes can be found at .



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Quick Facts

Domestic Students International Students
1. Application deadlines MSc-15-Jan-2016
2.Required tests in addition to English Language Proficiency. See below or visit MSc-n/a
MSc-GRE General & Physics
PhD-Applicants from schools outside of Canada are strongly recommended to take the GRE: General and Physics
3. Minimum GPA MSc-mid-B
4. Tuition fee -Please visit and refer to Domestic Fees.
-"> and refer to International Fees.
5. Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD MSc-n/a
PhD-Yes (Minimum GPA: A-)
PhD-Yes (Minimum GPA: A-)
6. Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MSc-After
7. If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? MSc-No
8. Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MSc-Applicant
9. Program length (full-time only) MSc-3 sessions
PhD-4 years; 5 years direct-entry
MSc-3 sessions
PhD-4 years; 5 years direct-entry
​​1. All applicants must meet the School of Graduate Studies English Language Proficiency requirements​. 
2. For more information on admission requirements, please review the program’s SGS Calendar entry: