Mission

Consistent with the missions of Notre Dame University-Louaize, its Faculty of Natural & Applied Sciences, and its Department of Physics & Astronomy (DPA), the M.S. in Astrophysics degree program at the DPA aims at giving its graduate student a solid education in observational astrophysics that will prepare them for PhD studies and a leading career in research, industry, or education.

Total Credits
36
Apply Before
January 2018
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Program Educational Objectives

Within three to five years after obtaining a M.S. in Astrophysics from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Notre Dame University – Louaize, our typical graduate will be expected to achieve one or more of the following:

 

  1. 1.Go on to PhD studies and succeed in producing new knowledge as demonstrated in publications;
  2. 2.Be a successful physics school teacher as demonstrated in promotions and/or caliber of school he/she is working at;
  3. 3.Be a successful educator (management/administration) as demonstrated in promotions and/or caliber of school he/she is working at;
  4. 4.Be successful in industry as demonstrated in promotions, leadership, and/or caliber of companies he/she works for.

Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, students should:

  1. 1.Demonstrate mastery of a given body of knowledge and skills in astrophysics, and be well prepared for professional careers and/or PhD work;
  2. 2.Develop and articulate new questions in his/her field;
  3. 3.Be able to present and publish research findings in professional venues;
  4. 4.Demonstrate acknowledged ethical values in his/her field of research.

Admission Requirements

Admission rests on the study of the candidate’s file followed by an interview with a joint committee from both Faculties of Sciences composed of the two Deans, the two department chairs concerned, the Masters Program supervisors, and instructors delegated by the two Faculties. To be eligible for admission, students shall satisfy the following criteria:

  1. 1.They shall have a minimum GPA of 2.7/4.0 according to the American grading system applied at NDU, or a minimum weighted mean point average of 60/100 according to the system applied at USJ;
  2. 2.They shall be able to follow lectures in both English and French.

 

Graduation Requirements

To satisfy the requirements for the degree of M.S. in Astrophysics, the student must complete a total of 36 credits with an overall average of at least 3.0/4.0, with a minimum grade of 79/100 on his/her Master thesis (9 credits). The thesis is based on original research conducted by the student.

Suggested Program

Fall Semester Year 1 (9cr.)
AST 601 Stellar Astrophysics 3 cr.
AST 602 Radiative Processes 3 cr.
AST 604 Techniques & Instrumentation in Astrophysics 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year 1 (9cr.)
AST 603 Astrophysics of Galaxies 3 cr.
AST 6xx Elective 2 cr.
AST 631 Seminar 1 cr.
AST 670 Observational Astrophysics 3 cr.
Fall Semester Year 2 (9cr.)
AST 6xx Elective 2 cr.
AST 6xx Elective 2 cr.
AST 6xx Elective 2 cr.
AST 635 Selected Topics in Astrophysics 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year 2 (9cr.)
AST 690 Thesis 9 cr.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

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