The Physics PhD program provides students with opportunities to perform independent research in some of the most current and dynamic areas of physics. In the first year, students develop a solid and broad base of physics knowledge through the core curriculum, departmental colloquia, and training. Upper-level courses and departmental seminar series subsequently provide more specialized exposure. Armed with the core knowledge, doctoral students join a research group working in an area of particular interest. This research is performed in very close collaboration with one or more faculty whose interests span a wide range of physics fields.

Degree Requirements  
  • ScM (en route to PhD): Eight courses from the core group (PHYS2010, 2030, 2040, 2050, 2060, 2140: techniques in experimental physics, classical theoretical physics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics) and other 2000-level courses. Up to two research courses.  Courses from outside the department might be substituted with permission of the DGS.
  • PhD: All core courses, four advanced courses, qualifying examination, preliminary examination, faculty-supervised research, dissertation, and oral defense.
Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to have a strong background in physics or closely related subjects at the undergraduate level. Three recommendation letters from faculty or others acquainted with the applicant's academic and/or research qualifications are required.              

  • GRE General: Required
  • GRE Subject: Recommended

Application Deadline:  January 2, 2018. 
The 2018 application is now open.


PhD Student Handbook