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Planetary Science and Astronomy, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

About the Program

During the Planetary Science and Astronomy program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students will study about magnetic fields of meteorites that has helped establish a timeline for how quickly our solar system emerged from its protoplanetary nebula, and offers insights into the early composition of planetary bodies as they formed.

The atmospheric extremes of other planets can tell us about our own climate and its potential changes, whether it be the cooling effects of dust, the heat-trapping properties of carbon dioxide, or even interactions with the solar wind. And as we continue to discover the existence of water and organic molecules elsewhere in the solar system, we are given more clues to the origins of life on Earth—and the tantalizing prospect of detecting life beyond our own planet.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Essentials of Planetary Science
  • Nonlinear Dynamics: Chaos
  • Geochemistry of Natural Waters
  • Structure of Earth Materials
  • Petrology
  • Astrobiology, Origins and Early Evolution of Life

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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General Requirements

  • Essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Secondary School Report (SSR), including high school transcript
  • For non-native English speakers, we strongly recommend providing the results of an English proficiency exam if you have been using English for fewer than 5 years or do not speak English at home or in school, so that we may consider that information alongside the rest of your application
  • We do not have cut off or recommended scores for the ACT or SAT as scores are evaluated within an applicant’s context

Tuition Fee

  • International

    73160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 73160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    73160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 73160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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