About This Program
The Ph.D. degree in Physics provides training of professionals to conduct independently conceived programs of research or teaching in universities or research laboratories. Original research is required in fundamental or applied areas of physics, and the Ph.D. dissertation must be orally defended. Two years of graduate coursework and four years of research are typical.
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- Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university
- Minimum 2.750 GPA on a 4.000 point scale
- Official transcript(s)
- Résumé or vita
- Goal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score
- Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score
- Minimum 77 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
- Minimum 58 PTE score
- Minimum 110 Duolingo English score
- Fall Semester
- Priority deadline: February 1
Applications submitted by this deadline will receive the strongest consideration for admission.
- Spring Semester
- Application deadline: September 1
Applications submitted after this deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of these programs will be able to:
- Demonstrate cognitive skills important to a physicist, including the following:
- Think critically and analytically;
- Define and solve problems in physics; and
- Perform research in contemporary areas of physics research at the highest level and with a great deal of independence.
- Demonstrate a core knowledge and understanding of the foundations of physics.
- Communicate results of their work to peers, to various target groups within the physics community and to people outside the discipline.