About Education


Subject Credits

Each subject in the Graduate Course corresponds to a number of credits which are added to the student record as soon as the final grade is considered a passing grade. USP defines a credit unit as 15 hours of lectures, tasks and extra activities. Each course subject usually corresponds to 11 credits.

For presenting the master's degree dissertation, the student must first complete a total of 100 credits (44 in subjects and 56 in the dissertation).

In the doctorate with Direct Entry, the student must complete a total of 200 credits(66 in subjects and 134 in the thesis).

The applicant who has a Master's degree acknowledged by USP, can enroll in the Doctorate program and must complete 22 credits in subjects and 134 in the thesis.

Credits obtained from subjects outside the program may also be used.

For further details, contact the Graduate Program Administration at cpgiag@usp.br


Fundamental subjects


The Astronomy Program has two sub-areas: 1) Astrophysics and 2) Solar System Dynamics and Fundamental Astronomy. The student is required to take subjects considered fundamental in the chosen sub-area.

In the astrophysics sub-area, the fundamental subjects are: Stellar Evolution, Radiative Processes, Observational Astrophysics and Extragalactic Astronomy.

In the Solar System Dynamics and Fundamental Astronomy sub-area, three (3) out of five (5) subjects can be chosen: Planetary Theory, Astrometry, Perturbation Theory I, Spheric Astronomy and Observational Astronomy.

Besides compulsory subjects, the Program has elective subjects, that will be available based on the semester’s demand. Usually, elective subjects are focused in specific research aspects of a certain area.