Value Statement: 

The NMSU Department of Astronomy values a welcoming professional work environment, free from any and all discrimination and harassment, to all who are interested in learning about the Universe. We value a set of diverse perspectives and backgrounds in promoting this environment in all our undergraduate classes, graduate classes, and all professional work settings. As a member organization of the American Astronomical Society, our department strictly adheres to their Code of Ethics and we hold all our faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students to these high standards.

Welcome to the Department of Astronomy!

The NMSU Department of Astronomy strives to develop and communicate the human endeavor to understand the Universe. We accomplish this through continuing development of knowledge in our research program, as well as through our graduate and undergraduate course offerings. Our graduate program provides students the opportunity to become deeply involved in research, and educates students in skills that are useful for a variety of careers. Our undergraduate program educates students in critical thinking in the context of concepts in astronomy. The Department provides outreach to the community to spread knowledge and understanding.

The Department operates the Apache Point Observatory on behalf of the Astrophysical Research Consortium, of which it is a member, and also the Dunn Solar Telescope and Visitor Center at the Sunspot Solar Observatory. The Department also hosts the NASA Planetary Data System Atmosphere Node. 

Please explore our site and learn about the exciting work we are doing. See our calendar for upcoming events and Department talks.
Image of three graduate students in front of the the 3.5 meter APO telescope.

Contact Information:

MSC 4500, PO BOX 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Email: astronomy [at]

Phone: (575)-646-1868

Graduate Program

The Astronomy Department at NMSU offers programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Graduate courses cover topics in astrophysics, stellar atmospheres, observational techniques, the interstellar medium, galactic structure, star formation and evolution, extragalactic objects, cosmology, exoplanets, and solar system studies. Students also take courses in other relevant fields to broaden their knowledge and capabilities.

For information about applying to our program, see our page on graduate admissions.

Application deadline is December 15 each year!

We invite you to learn more about our department.