Physics Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD in Physics is a challenging program designed to provide an in-depth look at the foundational areas of modern Physics as a basis for the selection of an area of research specialization which becomes the focus of a PhD thesis.  For students meeting the qualifications upon entering the program, the first two years are structured around classroom and lab instruction, supplemented by research projects and regular interaction with multiple research groups within the Department. Attendance at colloquia and seminars is either required or strongly encouraged.  Once a student has met the requirements for PhD candidacy and has been selected to work with a PhD advisor, the emphasis shifts to full-time research with the expectation of the completion and defense of a PhD thesis, typically within 2 to 4 years. For complete and explicit details regarding admission to the program and progress toward a graduate degree, please check out the links in the menu at left. 

For funding and award information, please visit the Graduate Student Funding Opportunities page.

An applicant seeking to pursue graduate study in the College may be admitted as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student. Policies and procedures of Graduate Studies govern the process of Graduate admission. These may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

We notify applicants of admissions decisions as early as possible. Initial decisions for the Fall Semester are typically sent by the end of January, and final notification to all applications is usually sent by May. For the Spring semester, initial decisions are typically sent in November with final notification to all applicants being sent in December. We send admissions decisions exclusively via email through Slate. We do not share admissions information over the phone, and we do not share reasons for denial of admission. If admitted to the program, please indicate your decision to accept or decline our offer through Slate using the link in your admissions decision email.

Applicants should also review the Physics and Astronomy Department requirements for Graduate Admission.