About

Where the pursuit of knowledge meets the impact of action.

Drexel's Department of Physics is recognized as a worldwide leader in physics research, providing students with opportunities across the fields of astrophysics and cosmology, biophysics, condensed matter, particle physics and physics education research. Our physics faculty and researchers are active members of several international collaborations including the Sloan Digital Survey, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in Chile, and Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica.

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Program Requirements

Master's:
Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 45.0 credits of approved physics courses is required. The student must maintain a cumulative GPA average for all courses of at least 3.0. There are no thesis or foreign language requirement for the MS degree. There is no specific residence requirement for the M.S. degree. There are no examinations required for the M.S. degree.

Doctorate:
In addition to required graduate-level coursework in physics, the successful Ph.D. candidate must: (a) pass the Ph.D. candidacy examination; and (b) perform original research, write a satisfactory thesis describing that research and defend the thesis in an oral examination. There is no foreign language requirement.

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

Description of your department culture

Drexel’s Physics Department offers a supportive, welcoming environment. It is small enough to know everyone and large enough to offer many research choices. Research collaboration with other departments is common and encouraged. We have active student organizations including the Physics Graduate Student Association, the Women in Physics Society, and the Society of Physics Students. Our weekly colloquium features speakers from academia and industry in all areas of Physics represented at the department. We have social events attended by the graduate and undergraduate students, the faculty and staff, and often by alumni.

We pay close attention to professional development. Students attend conferences and take presentation and writing courses. For students interested to pursue their career in teaching environment, there are opportunities to assist teaching upper and lower division physics and astronomy.