There are approximately 50 graduate students in our department, in addition to eight
postdoctoral fellows and undergraduates in approximately 40 majors. The department
is large enough to do first-class research, yet small enough to pay close attention
to each student.
72 credit hours beyond B.S. or 60 hours past MS required
At least 30 credit hours must be in multidisciplinary coursework, with the remaining
hours in Doctoral Dissertation Research credits (PHYS 6000)
Submission and defense of dissertation
Available courses include Electromagnetic Theory, Geometrical Optics, Physical Optics,
Lasers, Quantum Mechanics, Optoelectronics, Solid State Physics, Fiber-Optic Communication
ASSISTfaculty with teaching and research
Stipends and tuition waivers are available as compensation. The graduate committee
also actively pursues national fellowships for outstanding students.
Research and Faculty
The Oklahoma State University graduate programs in the Department of Physics
provide an excellent mix of both pure and applied research on a variety of problems
ranging from developing new optical materials to unravelling the mysteries of neutrinos.
Transcripts (official or unofficial) from each college or university attended
Statement of purpose
Recommendation letters - submit contact information of three persons familiar with
your academic preparation and/or job-related skills
GRE recommended with no minimum score
GRE Physics test strongly recommended
TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE (but not Duolingo) required for international applicants who
are not native English speakers; click here for details.
Most students enter the graduate program with a Teaching Assistantship (TA), but often
accept a Research Assistantship (RA) in one of the research groups during their second
year. Current TA and RA stipends are competitive, and tuition waivers are available.
In addition, the graduate committee actively pursues national fellowships for outstanding
The duties performed by the TAs are teaching recitation sections, instruction in the
General Physics laboratories, and occasionally grading assignments. The typical TA
duties require 20 hours or less per week.