5 Degrees to Consider for an Exciting Career in Astrophysics3 min read

By now, you know that astrophysics works with more than just stars, but you still love it. You could not imagine doing anything else with your future. You’ve already studied all the astrophysics you could get your hands on as an undergraduate, and you feel hungry for more.

SOURCE: Nasa Edu

SOURCE: Nasa Edu


However, now that you’ve reached the graduate level of your education, you have a few choices in front of you. Which aspect of astrophysics do you want to emphasize on? And do you want to enroll in a regular astrophysics program at your graduate school? You have more paths to choose from than you anticipated.
Below, you’ll find an outline of each of those potential pathways. Find the one that suits your interests best.

Master’s in Astrophysics

This degree represents your most basic option. You will receive a well-rounded education on the discipline, and you’ll have more than enough preparation to enter whatever astrophysical field or job you prefer. However, keep in mind that few universities offer bachelor’s or master’s degrees in astrophysics, so you may have to choose one of the other options instead.

Master’s in Astronomy

A degree in astronomy gives you a more generic overview of astrophysics, as astrophysics makes up only one facet of astronomy. However, you will still have all the basic information you need to continue on to a fulfilling career in this branch of physics.

Master’s in Physics

Like astronomy, physics gives you a less specific overview of the information you’ll need to get your dream job. However, you will learn all the mathematical and scientific concepts you need to succeed.
Also, keep in mind that many schools allow you to declare an emphasis in your physics degree. So, while your diploma may say “Master’s of Science in Physics” on it, you’ll also have taken many of the same classes as those in typical astrophysics degrees.

Master’s in Engineering Management

Engineering management may seem like it doesn’t have anything to do with astrophysics—but it prepares you for a career in this field better than most degrees. It also opens different doors for you.
When you have an engineering degree, you can work in technology development. When you add management to your engineering degree, you also gain valuable leadership skills that will serve you well in this technical field. There are also several options to earn your master’s in engineering management online, making it useful to plan around your current schedule.

Master’s in Computer Science

Much of today’s astrophysical breakthroughs happen on the computer, and all astrophysicists have to know basic coding languages. Many physicists pick up these languages through personal study, but you can give yourself a head start in this area by making it your graduate emphasis.
Any one of the degrees above can get you into your dream career. Simply choose the one that works best for you, and enroll in that degree at your preferred school.


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