Master in Astronomy

The objective of this program, created in 1976, is to teach students formal knowledge and research experience in astronomy, either to continue their doctoral studies or to broaden their professional experience.

During their studies our students have access to data obtained with world-class telescopes located in the North of Chile. The research projects Usually, the research projects involve students making the observations themselves.

Our Masters program has been accredited before the National Accreditation Commission (CNA), for eight years starting from January 2012.

Academic Degree

Master of Science in Astronomy.

Academic Program

The average duration of the program is three semesters on a full-time basis. Students entering our Master must pass four formal courses during the first year, two of which must be chosen from the following:

1. Radiative Processes
2. Galaxies
3. Galactic Structure
4. Observational Astronomy

Similarly to PhD students, Master students should devote at least 25 percent of their time on research during the first year.

To graduate, students must produce a successful thesis, about a topical research subject in astrophysics.


To access our program, candidates must have a Bachelor of Science or similar degree in Astronomy. The selection of applicants is based on curricular merit. Special consideration is given to the performances in physics and astronomy courses, and potential research experiences. The program is open to applicants of all nationalities. Nominations are traditionally performed during the month of October.


The State of Chile offers several studentships to Chilean and foreign students through the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT).