Question: I am a 14 year old girl and want to be a astronomer when I get older. I was wondering how long you would have to be in college. – Elena
Answer: Most astronomers have doctorate (PhD) degrees in astronomy or physics. A quick tally of the number of years that it takes to get a PhD degree can be accounted as follows:
4 years for your undergraduate (bachelors) degree.
At least 5 years, but likely not more than 7 years, to complete your graduate studies to earn your PhD degree.
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