PROGRAM PROFILE

Program Rankings — Astrophysics and Astronomy and Planetary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Program Rankings

Survey Based Quality Rankings
Source: NRC, 2010

The National Research Council ranked programs based on 2 measures of quality. They generated 500 different rankings to simulate the effects of using different sets of evaluators and ranking programs in different years. Learn more.


Histogram of Rankings
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Quality rankings (survey-based) out of 33 Astrophysics and Astronomy programs


Range of Rankings
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6-20

Regression Based Quality Rankings
Source: NRC, 2010

Histogram of Rankings
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Quality ranking (regression-based) out of 33 Astrophysics and Astronomy programs


Range of Rankings
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3-9

GRE Scores
Source: NRC, 2003-2005

Average Quantitative GRE
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790

Financial Support and Tuition

Graduate Tuition and Fees
Source: IPEDS, 2009

All Students

FULL TIME STUDENTS: TUITION
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$37,510
FULL TIME STUDENTS: FEES
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$1,928
PART TIME STUDENTS: COST PER CREDIT HOUR
$585

Application Fee

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GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION FEE
$75

Living Expenses
Source: IPEDS, 2009

On Campus

ON-CAMPUS ROOM AND BOARD
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$11,360
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
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$1,708

Off Campus

OFF-CAMPUS ROOM AND BOARD
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NA
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
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NA

Type of Financial Support
Source: SED, 2000–2004

How 2000–2004 Astrophysics and Astronomy and Planetary Science doctorate recipients from Massachusetts Institute of Technology paid for their graduate educations


Primary Form of Support

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP
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20%*
RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP
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60%
FELLOWSHIP / FOREIGN GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
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20%
OWN FUNDS / LOANS / MONEY FROM FAMILY
0%*
OTHER
0%

First Year Support
Source: NRC, 2005

Data for full-time doctoral students in the fall of 2005


First year students with full financial support
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PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED FULL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
100%

Tuition Remission
Source: SED, 2000–2004

Tuition paid by 2000–2004 Astrophysics and Astronomy and Planetary Science doctorate recipients from Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Median tuition remission

83%

Amount of Tuition Remission Granted

NO TUITION REMISSION
35%
LESS THAN 1/3 OF TUITION
0%
1/3 TO 2/3 OF TUITION
0%
MORE THAN 2/3 OF TUITION
65%

Graduate School Debt
Source: SED, 2000–2004

Debt for 2000–2004 Astrophysics and Astronomy and Planetary Science doctorate recipients from Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Median graduate school debt
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$0

Outcomes for Recent Graduates

Degree Completion
Source: NRC, 2010

Time to Degree

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Median years required to complete a doctorate (full-time and part-time students)

5.3

Completion Rates

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Fraction of students completing a doctorate in 6 years

53%

Employment Outcomes
Source: NRC, 2006 & SED, 2000–2004

Quality Assurance

Program collects outcome data about all of its graduates

PROGRAM COLLECTS OUTCOME DATA ABOUT ALL OF ITS GRADUATES
NO

Employment Stats at Graduation

Job / contract / definite commitment
96%
Negotiating with specific organizations
0%*
Still seeking
0%
Other
0%*

Type of Job

(For those with a definite commitment at graduation)

Postdoc
69%
Educational institution (nonpostdoctoral position)
0%*
Private sector
23%
Government
0%*

Primary Job Responsibilities

(For those with a definite commitment at graduation)

Research and development
75%
Teaching
0%
Management or administration
0%
Professional services to individuals
0%*

Student Resources

Student Resources
Source: NRC, 2006

Overall Resources

NUMBER OF RESOURCES OFFERED (OUT OF 18)
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18

Health Insurance

STUDENTS RECEIVE HEALTH INSURANCE
YES

Structured Oversight

PROGRAM COLLECTS OUTCOME DATA
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YES
ANNUAL STUDENT REVIEWS
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YES

Available Training

TEACHING SKILLS
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YES
PROPOSAL WRITING
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YES
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
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YES
WRITING
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YES
STATISTICS
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YES
RESEARCH ETHICS
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YES

Administrative Support

ORIENTATION
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YES
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION
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YES
TEACHING / RESEARCH PRIZES
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YES
ON-CAMPUS CONFERENCES
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YES
TRAVEL SUPPORT
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YES
STUDENT WORK SPACE
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION SUPPORT
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION STAFF
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YES
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
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YES
DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURE
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YES
PROGRAM COORDINATOR MEETING
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YES

Research Activity

Research Activity Ranking
Source: NRC, 2010

Histogram of Rankings
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Research activity ranking out of 33 Astrophysics and Astronomy programs


Range of Rankings
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7-24

Research Activity
Source: NRC, 2006

Publications

PUBLICATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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3.7
CITATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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3.6

Grants

PERCENTAGE OF FACULTY WITH GRANTS
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93%

Awards

AWARDS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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3.8

Demographics

Diversity Ranking
Source: NRC, 2010

The National Research Council ranked programs based on a measure of overall diversity. They generated 500 different rankings to simulate the effects of using different sets of evaluators and ranking programs in different years. Learn more.


Histogram of Rankings
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Quality rankings (survey-based) out of 33 Astrophysics and Astronomy programs


Range of Rankings
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16-29

Faculty Demographics
Source: NRC, 2006

Percent Female
FEMALE
13%

Percent Minority
MINORITY
7%

Doctorate Recipient Demographics
Source: NRC, 2006

Sex
MALE
74%
FEMALE
26%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS
71%
PERMANENT RESIDENTS
4%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
25%

Race / Ethnicity
MINORITY
9%

Demographics of all Graduate Students at the Institution
Source: IPEDS, 2007

Sex
MALE
70%
FEMALE
30%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
63%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
37%

Race / Ethnicity
BLACK / AFRICAN AMERICAN
2%
AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKA NATIVE
0%
ASIAN
12%
WHITE
36%
HISPANIC / LATINO
3%
UNKNOWN
47%

Full-time Status
FULL TIME
97%
PART TIME
3%

Program Size

Faculty
Source: NRC, 2006

Total faculty members
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30
Interdisciplinary faculty
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0%

Total Students
Source: NRC, 2006

Total
38
First year
7.4

Student-Faculty Ratio
Source: NRC, 2006

Graduate students per faculty member
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1.3

Graduate Degrees
Source: IPEDS, 2005-2009

2005–2009 Astrophysics and Astronomy and Planetary Science degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Master's degrees/year

1.2

Doctoral degrees/year

1.2

Contact Information

Contact Information, Program
Source: NRC, 2010


Contact Information

Contact Information, Institution
Source: IPEDS, 2009


Phone

(617) 253-1000 ext. 1000


Location

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307


*Value is missing. The value shown is based on the average for other programs in the same field. Learn more.

✝ Data are for all Astrophysics and Astronomy and Planetary Science degree recipients from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and may include graduates from more than one program.