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.
Seventy-two credit hours beyond B.S. or 60 credit hours beyond M.S. required
Submission and defense of dissertation based on original, independent research
Required courses include Statistical Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory, Statistical
Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Classical Mechanics, Methods of Theoretical Physics,
Quantum Mechanics I and II
Elective courses in physics or allied fields
ASSISTfaculty with teaching and research
Stipends and tuition waivers are available as compensation. The graduate committee
also actively pursues national fellowships for outstanding students.
The 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 unraveling 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
Feb. 1 (fall admission)
Cost & Assistance
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
Among 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.