Raymond H. Hughes Graduate Program in Physics

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy

A well-balanced degree plan that is designed to support the students' career objectives in either academic or non-academic settings. The curriculum requires forty hours of graduate courses beyond the BS Physics degree and eighteen hours of doctoral dissertation research. Up to twenty-one hours of coursework from another institution's MS Physics degree may be included in the forty hour requirement, and a non-thesis MS Physics degree is issued when the MS Physics course requirements are met and the qualifying exam is passed. The qualifying exam is based on the core physics course requirements of the MS Physics/Applied Physics degrees.

More information (including course descriptions) can be found in the Graduate Handbook.

Master of Arts - Education Concentration

Designed to support the curriculum of students wishing to teach in the high school or community college environment, and is a terminal Masters degree in this department (it is not designed to prepare a student to immediately pursue a PhD Physics degree).

More information can be found at the Preparing Future Physics Faculty web site.

Master of Science in Physics

Designed as either the first two years of a PhD Physics candidate, or as a terminal MS Physics degree. A research based MS Physics is not required of PhD path students, and a non-thesis MS Physics degree is awarded PhD path students after passing the PhD qualifying examination and completing the course requirements.

More information can be found in the Graduate Handbook.

Interdisciplinary Degrees

Faculty from the Physics Department are involved in three Interdisciplinary programs, all of which offer graduate degrees. Please check with the programs themselves to determine what degrees they offer and what the requirements are.