To allow students the flexibility to choose courses that are related to their field of research, there is no set course track for physics graduate students. However, there are a few requirements:
- All students must take two courses outside his/her area of specialization. One of these must be a 700 or 800 level physics course.
- Theory students must take either PHYS624 or PHYS625.
- All students must take two semesters of a physics seminar course.
- All students must take the non-credit Foundations and Frontiers of Physics seminar. Typically, this is done during the second semester of graduate study. This non-credit seminar requirement is in addition to the two semesters of physics seminars.
Advancing to Candidacy
To advance to candidacy, all students must:
- Pass the Qualifying Examination. Students are given three tries to pass the exam. A “free try” is allowed within the first year of study. You can use past qualifying exams to study.
- Give a Preliminary Research Presentation. This presentation is expected to be given within a year after passing the Qualifying Exam.
- Submit a Scholarly Paper. This paper should be written within four years of entering the graduate program.
|Scholarly Paper Requirement:|
|The purpose of the scholarly paper is for the student to demonstrate an understanding of their subfield sufficient for Ph.D. level research and also to demonstrate a level of competence in scientific writing. Accordingly it should be written by the student without coauthors. The scholarly paper can, but need not, contain a description of a completed original research project by the student. Alternatively it may summarize the state of the art of a subfield, describe a proposed future research project by the student or give a progress report on a partially completed research project. The scholarly paper can describe the results of research completed by the student with collaborators including their research advisor; in such cases, the scholarly paper will differ from the version submitted for publication since the published will have coauthors. However, the initial draft of a paper or a portion of such a paper can serve as part or all of the scholarly paper provided it is written solely by the student.|
Additional Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree
To graduate with the Doctor of Philosophy degree, all students must:
- Complete all of the requirements for advancing to candidacy.
- Take at least 12 credits (2 semesters) of Doctoral Dissertation Research (PHYS899). Students who have reached candidacy will be registered for 6 credits of PHYS899 each semester until he/she graduates.
- Register for classes each Fall and Spring semester until graduation.
- Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above.
- Write and successfully defend an original dissertation.
- Meet all degree deadlines, outlined here.