- Competence in basic physics as evidenced by passing a written qualifying examination. In case of marginal performance on the written exam the student may be invited to take an oral examination (see below for additional comments).
- For theory students, passing PHYS 624 or 625 with a grade of B or better.
- Complete the zero-credit ”Foundations and Frontiers of Physics” Research Seminar before the end of the third semester.
- Making a satisfactory Preliminary Research Presentation, to be approved by two faculty members, at least one of whom must be a tenure track member of the physics program. With a view towards prompting early, frequent contacts between the student and the research advisor, the Presentation is normally scheduled to take place before August 31 for a student who passed the qualifier the previous August, and before January 31 for a student who passed the qualifier the previous January. Delays require the approval of the Associate Chair for Graduate Education.
- Advancement to candidacy before the end of the fourth year. This requires, in addition to the fulfillment of requirements 1,2,4 and 5, the completion of a scholarly paper approved by two faculty members, one of whom must be a tenure track member of the physics program.
- Passing two advanced courses outside the student's field of specialization, at least one of which must be a Physics course at the 700 level or above.
- Taking at least 2 credits of seminar, at least 12 credits of dissertation research, and presenting and successfully defending an original dissertation.
- Maintenance of an overall grade point average of 3.00 or above, as calculated by the Graduate School.