Bryn Mawr College

101 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010, United States of America

About

Our program offers prospective graduate students academic excellence, exciting research opportunities, and competitive financial support.

New students who join us will find a distinctive environment where shared intellectual work thrives in a liberal arts college setting. We have a co-educational graduate program with six tenure-line faculty who maintain active research programs. Our small size allows students and faculty members to work together closely and for formal graduate course work to be handled in small tutorials, which can be tailored to the needs of the students. Students can also take graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania or at Drexel University in nearby Philadelphia (about 25 minutes by car or train). Students have opportunities to conduct research in high-quality user facilities in government laboratories.

In addition to the lively atmosphere within the physics department, our Graduate Group in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics sponsors many cross-disciplinary opportunities for students: a student run Journal Club designed, an annual Research Symposium, talks on career preparation strategies by faculty members, and social events. The graduate school offers a Dean’s Certificate in Pedagogy which documents the participation of students in workshops and related activities designed to prepare them to be effective teachers in their careers.

In the past 30 years, the Physics Department at Bryn Mawr College has graduated 28 Ph.D.s of whom three have been elected to Fellowship in the APS. Among the Ph.D. alumni who are still active, 16 hold academic positions in either liberal arts colleges or research universities, eight work in industry, and two hold high school administrative or teaching positions.

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Program Requirements

Master's:
At least six units of work with satisfactory performance, including at least one full year in residence; master's thesis and oral examination are required.

Doctorate:
At least 12 units of work with satisfactory performance, including at least three full years in residence; written and oral preliminary examinations are required; dissertation and oral examination are required.

Other degrees:
Thesis:
Thesis may be written in absentia.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Recommended
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

Our program offers a distinctive environment in which shared intellectual work thrives in a liberal arts college setting. Our small size allows students and faculty members to work together closely and for formal graduate coursework to be handled in small tutorials, which can be tailored to the needs of the students. Students can also take graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania or at Drexel University in nearby Philadelphia and conduct research in high-quality user facilities in government laboratories. Our graduate group in physics, chemistry, and mathematics sponsors many cross-disciplinary opportunities for students, such as a student-run journal club, an annual research symposium, talks on career preparation strategies by faculty members, and social events. The graduate school offers a Dean’s certificate in pedagogy, which documents the participation of students in workshops and related activities designed to prepare them to be effective teachers in their careers.