May 21, 2018
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Doctoral Degree Requirements for Physics, Ph.D.
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Minimum Degree Hours: 49
- 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.
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)
- 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.