Clark University

950 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01610, United States of America


Our program, which offers a Ph.D. in experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics and biophysics, emphasizes active learning — with research beginning in a student’s first semester.

This style, combined with our intimate size and the access students have to equipment not usually found at a university of our size, builds independence in a supportive, collaborative environment. Our community The physics doctoral program seeks independent students who are willing to work hard and collaborate closely with our world-class faculty, postdoctoral research associates, visiting scholars, and undergraduate students.

The program’s intimate size within a small, urban research university allows for interdisciplinary work with our research partners in biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, and mathematics and computer science. As such, there’s a sense of community and shared purpose among our diverse group of students in and outside of our labs and research groups.

Program Requirements

Eight total courses are required, two of which may be transferred and one may be for thesis. A thesis (or Ph.D. candidacy) is required. There is no language requirement. Teaching experience is required.

One year in residence beyond the master's degree (eight courses) is required; three area qualification examinations and thesis proposal examination, teaching experience, and dissertation are also required.

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

Description of your department culture

Clark University’s style of graduate education is ideally suited for individuals who have a desire to be independent, are willing to work hard, and who wish to work closely with our faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and students. We foster a congenial, supportive environment while encouraging cooperation, mentoring, and community building among all of our members. All members attend a weekly colloquium series organized through the academic year and each research group participates in weekly group meetings. Graduate students are active participants in outreach programs aimed at area high school students.

All department members participate in a weekly communal gathering (Cookie Minutes) in the Physics Common Area, which fosters a sense of community and enhances formal and informal interactions and conversations in physics and beyond. In addition to informal luncheons, every summer, the Department members organize and participate in a picnic at an area state park.