Masters in astronomy or astrophysics with a mechanical bachelor's degree?

  • #1
it is possible to do a masters degree in us in astronomy or astrophysics with a mechanical undergrad?
mechanical engineer with 60% aggregate and 10 backlogs// gre general test(440+790+3.5)// toefl 85+(exp)
right from my childhood i was interested in space sciences and space programs on t.v. and i always had a passion to seek a career in the same but i'm from a country(india) having no proper decent undergrad education in astrophysics or as a matter of fact in any physics/mathematics department, nor there are enough qualified people to teach those subjects, but now i seriously consider my chances(if any) to pursue a graduate degree or any other further education in the department to space sciences/astronomy/cosmology/astrophysics/planetary sciences. my first priority is usa but i am ready to goto any corner of the world if my chances are reduced. Also, in my country ets doesn't offer gre subject based test.
i came to know that there are only few universities in the usa which offer such courses and those few take in students with an excellent profile. is it true??

Answers and Replies

  • #2
There aren't many programs in the US offering a terminal masters in astronomy or astrophysics; most of them only admit for the PhD. Your physics and math coursework and physics GRE scores would be a lot more relevant to whether or not you'd have a shot at one. I know many students from India doing a PhD in the US, so I'm sure you can take the physics GRE there.
  • #3
My classical dynamics professor is from India. He went to the University of Colombia in Sri Lanka and then on to Cornell for graduate school.

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