The Department of Physics offers graduate programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Physics and the Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics. For the Ph.D. Degree an endorsement in Applied Physics is also offered.
The doctoral and masters program provides broad curricular instruction in classical and modern physics. The Ph.D. Degree further requires intensive training in one of several specialty areas of the Physics Department faculty. Many doctoral research opportunities exist in the following areas:
1. Experimental and Theoretical Atomic Physics
2. Experimental and Theoretical Nuclear/Particle Physics
3. Accelerator Physics
4. Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
Research in nuclear physics and accelerator physics is closely linked to nearby Thomas Jefferson Laboratory. The Center for Accelerator Physics is an on campus research facility.
Research in atomic and molecular physics includes experimental research in ultracold physics, applied physics, and plasma physics. Research opportunities in theoretical atomic physics includes computational physics and heavy particle scattering. Opportunities also exist through linkages with Langley Research Center in nearby Newport News, Virginia, and through collaborations with the Oceanography, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences Department.
All students admitted to the Ph.D. Program are financially supported through a full waiver of all tuition and a stipend to cover living expenses. Newly admitted students are normally supported as teaching assistants at a level of $23,000 (Fall 2011).
International Student Requirements:
In addition to the above, a satisfactory TOEFL score is required (see requirements in this area through our website.
Facts & Figures
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999