PhD in Physics

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Complete transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions. Prior academic work must include at least 20 semester hours of physics, including upper-level undergraduate electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, and classical mechanics.
  • Grade Point Average At least 2.75/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required GRE General exam is required; GRE Physics subject exam is highly recommended, but not required.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Test); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (revised Paper-Delivered Test), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required.
  • Personal Statement Required.
  • Nondegree Applicants Nondegree applicants must submit transcripts and a personal statement.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 96 from the baccalaureate.
  • Course Work At least 36 hours must be in 500-level courses, other than PHYS 596 and PHYS 599.
Course Title
Required Courses
Electrodynamics I
Electrodynamics II
Quantum Mechanics I
Quantum Mechanics II
Statistical Mechanics
Graduate Seminar (five semesters)
Select one of the following sequences:
Quantum Field Theory I
and Quantum Field Theory II
Molecular Physics
and Laser Physics/Quantum Electronics
Solid State Physics I
and Solid State Physics II
Elementary Particle Physics I
and Elementary Particle Physics II
  • Examinations 
    • Departmental Qualifying Examination: Required.
    • Preliminary Examination: Required.
  • Dissertation Required.
  • Other Requirements Each student must serve as a teaching assistant for at least two semesters.