2017-2018 General Catalog 
    May 21, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, Ph.D.

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Doctoral Degree Requirements for Physics, Ph.D.

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Minimum Degree Hours: 49

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institute, college or university.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 

  • GRE scores are required.
  • Language Proficiency (international applicants).  The following lists the minimum required scores from the accepted exams.
    • TOEFLiBT score: 80
    • TOEFLpBT score: 550
    • IELTS score: 6.5
  • Applicants should visit the Graduate Program Application Instructions page on the physics website for additional requirements and procedures.


Degree Requirements

Students should meet with their advisor at the beginning of each semester to plan their Program of Study.  The following are requirements for all students.

  • Common Exam (or Physics GRE equivalent)
  • Form Supervisory Committee
  • Graduate Core Courses (23 credit hours)
  • Graduate Laboratory Course (PHYS 6719  or equivalent, 3 credit hours)
  • Colloquium Courses (PHYS 7800  and PHYS 7810 , 6 credit hours)
  • Breadth Requirement (3+ credit hours)
  • Electives
  • Extra Preparatory Courses (optional)
  • Program of Study Approval
  • Qualifying Exam
  • Milestone Master’s degree (recommended)
  • Thesis Research (eg. PHYS 7970 , 14 credit hours, minimum)
  • Thesis Defense

Note: To pass a course for credit toward a Ph.D. in Physics requires a grade of B or better. In addition, to receive graduate credit, the course number must be 5000 or above.

Additional requirements may apply.  More information about the degree programs can be found in the Graduate Handbook.

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