About

The richness of educational opportunities offered at the department is based upon a long and distinguished tradition of teaching and research.

The Physics Department at Columbia prides itself in a long and distinguished history in diverse and transformational physics research, credited with more than 10 Nobel Prize winners since 1944. Today, with more than 40 faculty, 60 post-doctoral research scientists, 100 Ph.D. students, and 100 undergraduate physics majors, it is ranked among the top physics departments in the nation.

The research programs pursued by its vibrant community in Condensed Matter and Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) Physics, Astrophysics, Gravitational Waves and Cosmology, Biology and Physics, and High Energy Nuclear and Particle Physics, provide a wide range of opportunities to engage in world-class physics and multi-disciplinary research. The Department's academic and research community also benefits from strong research collaborations with Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Math and numerous departments in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The Department's on-campus research is carried out primarily in Pupin Hall, Schapiro Hall, and the Northwest Corner Building. The department's Nevis Laboratories, located about 20 miles north of the Morningside campus, additionally house research groups in High Energy Particle Physics and Astrophysics. Faculty and students also carry out research at state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories around the world, including CERN in Geneva, Brookhaven National Lab, and Fermi National Accelerator Lab.

Program Requirements

Master's:
M.A. 30 points of courses including at least 24 within the department at an appropriate level. Two semesters of residence. No requirements for grade average, foreign languages, comprehensive or qualifying examination, or thesis.

Doctorate:
Master's degree plus four semesters of residence, qualifying examination, and thesis. No requirement for foreign language. No course requirement beyond the Master's degree, except that courses must show competence in electromagnetic theory, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics. Grades must be satisfactory.

Other degrees:
M.Phil. All requirements for the Ph.D. except thesis and final departmental examination.

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