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Astronomy and Astrophysics
Graduate Program

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics is one of the most productive astronomy research programs in the country, according to a recent study by the National Research Council.

Chandra Deep Field-South.
Abe Falcone research group x-ray beam project.
Nationally Ranked Research

Graduate students can choose from a wide variety of research topics that span the entire electromagnetic spectrum and that include observations, theory, and instrumentation.

Inside look of HPF

Penn State is a partner in the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the IceCube neutrino detector, and the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory. Graduate students also are frequent users of public facilities like Chandra, Swift, Hubble, Spitzer, and Gemini.

Telescopes and Instrumentation
Chandra Deep Field-South.
A cross section of the diverse students, faculty, and staff who comprise the Eberly College of Science.
An Inclusive Environment

We are committed to a safe and supportive environment for all people, including underrepresented or marginalized groups.

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Our graduates go on to a wide range of employment opportunities, such as postdoctoral and faculty appointments at major academic institutions and national laboratories, research positions in computational environments associated with space missions, and faculty appointments at teaching colleges.

Employment Opportunities
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Join a nationally ranked program with access to instruments around the world.