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Collaborative Astronomy and Astrophysics / Physics / CITA Programme

The graduate units of Astronomy and Astrophysic, Physics and the Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics participate in the Collaborative M.Sc. Programme in Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. This programme is intended to foster graduate education in Astrophysics, particularly in those areas of study that overlap traditional departmental boundaries.

This programme is an approved M.Sc. programme within the School of Graduate Studies.


Graduate students in the Collaborative M.Sc. Programme shall register in the School of Graduate Studies through their home graduate unit, this being either Astronomy or Physics. The student must meet all respective degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the home department. This will normally require the equivalent of 10 half courses as follows:

  • 3 half courses from Astronomy
  • 3 half courses from Physics
  • 2 further half courses in astronomy, physics, or from a cognate department (e.g., chemistry, math, computer science)
  • a supervised research project in the field of astrophysics, equivalent to 2 half courses

The supervised research project and associated report will be completed under the regulations of AST 1500L for students whose home department is Astronomy and under the regulations of PHY 3400L for students whose home department is Physics.

In addition the student must attend the seminar programme of the Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, and prepare a report on a selection of these seminars, to be submitted to the Director. Programme requirements are expected to be completed within twelve months of entry to the programme.

Application for admission to the Collaborative M.Sc. Programme in Astrophysics should be made through one of the two participating home departments. In addition, the student must submit a supplementary brief application form to the Collaborative Programme Director (available from either home department or the Collaborative Programme office). Normal deadlines for application to the School of Graduate Studies apply. Students who have already been admitted to one of the two home departments may apply to the Collaborative Programme until October 1.

For further information please contact the Programme Director:

Prof. C. C. Dyer
50 St. George Street, Room 209
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3H4

Telephone: (416) 946-3044
Fax: (416) 946-7287
E-mail: collab.astrophys@utoronto.ca


To see the courses you should consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar or the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics graduate handbook, and the Dept.of Physics graduate handbook.