PROGRAM PROFILE

Program Rankings — Astrophysics and Astronomy, Michigan State University


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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15-29

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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25-33

GRE Scores
Source: NRC, 2003-2005

Average Quantitative GRE
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743

Financial Support and Tuition

Graduate Tuition and Fees
Source: IPEDS, 2009

Out-of-State Students

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FULL TIME STUDENTS: TUITION
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$23,196
FULL TIME STUDENTS: FEES
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$470
PART TIME STUDENTS: COST PER CREDIT HOUR
$967

In-State Students

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FULL TIME STUDENTS: TUITION
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$23,196
FULL TIME STUDENTS: FEES
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$470
PART TIME STUDENTS: COST PER CREDIT HOUR
$478

Application Fee

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GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION FEE
$50

Living Expenses
Source: IPEDS, 2009

On Campus

ON-CAMPUS ROOM AND BOARD
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$7,444
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 doctorate recipients from Michigan State University paid for their graduate educations


Primary Form of Support

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP
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17%*
RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP
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83%
FELLOWSHIP / FOREIGN GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
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0%
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 doctorate recipients from Michigan State University


Median tuition remission

50%

Amount of Tuition Remission Granted

NO TUITION REMISSION
13%*
LESS THAN 1/3 OF TUITION
0%*
1/3 TO 2/3 OF TUITION
2%*
MORE THAN 2/3 OF TUITION
85%*

Graduate School Debt
Source: SED, 2000–2004

Debt for 2000–2004 Astrophysics and Astronomy doctorate recipients from Michigan State University


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)

4.3

Completion Rates

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Fraction of students completing a doctorate in 6 years

37%

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
YES

Employment Stats at Graduation

Job / contract / definite commitment
96%*
Negotiating with specific organizations
0%
Still seeking
4%*
Other
0%

Type of Job

(For those with a definite commitment at graduation)

Postdoc
79%*
Educational institution (nonpostdoctoral position)
0%*
Private sector
0%*
Government
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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9-26

Research Activity
Source: NRC, 2006

Publications

PUBLICATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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4.6
CITATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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3.6

Grants

PERCENTAGE OF FACULTY WITH GRANTS
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87%

Awards

AWARDS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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0.5

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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32-33

Faculty Demographics
Source: NRC, 2006

Percent Female
FEMALE
11%

Percent Minority
MINORITY
0%

Doctorate Recipient Demographics
Source: NRC, 2006

Sex
MALE
80%
FEMALE
20%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS
57%
PERMANENT RESIDENTS
14%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
29%

Race / Ethnicity
MINORITY
0%

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

Sex
MALE
44%
FEMALE
56%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
73%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
27%

Race / Ethnicity
BLACK / AFRICAN AMERICAN
5%
AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKA NATIVE
1%
ASIAN
4%
WHITE
58%
HISPANIC / LATINO
3%
UNKNOWN
29%

Full-time Status
FULL TIME
69%
PART TIME
31%

Program Size

Faculty
Source: NRC, 2006

Total faculty members
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20
Interdisciplinary faculty
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55%

Total Students
Source: NRC, 2006

Total
15
First year
4.8

Student-Faculty Ratio
Source: NRC, 2006

Graduate students per faculty member
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0.8

Graduate Degrees
Source: IPEDS, 2005-2009

2005–2009 Astrophysics and Astronomy degrees from Michigan State University


Master's degrees/year

3.4

Doctoral degrees/year

1.6

Contact Information

Contact Information, Program
Source: NRC, 2010


Contact Information

Contact Information, Institution
Source: IPEDS, 2009


Phone

(517) 355-1855 ext. 1855


Location

East Lansing, MI 48824-1046


*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 degree recipients from Michigan State University and may include graduates from more than one program.