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George Washington University

725 21st Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20052, United States of America


Innovative thinkers pushing the boundaries of discovery. Preparing the next generation of physicists in the classroom, the laboratory and the world beyond.

Study in the physical sciences at the George Washington University has a long history, going back to the founding of the Columbian College in 1821. The Physics Department grew from the Department of Arts and Sciences shortly after the Columbian College moved to its present campus west of the White House in 1912.

Our offices have been concentrated in Corcoran and Samson Halls since 1924, with additional research and teaching laboratories in various annexes, including facilities at the Virginia Campus, and the new Science and Engineering Hall in 2015. We invite you to find a place for yourself here! Each semester, faculty members conduct classes in introductory physics and topical courses for all undergraduates; advanced physics courses for engineers and undergraduate majors; and graduate courses while we oversee programs and advise students working toward doctorates.

Faculty members also conduct research in many areas including: biophysics experiment and theory, nuclear physics experiment, theory and phenomenology, and astrophysics. Undergraduates and graduate students have an opportunity to engage in research supported on campus and at many of the nearby research centers, such as the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, the Naval Research Laboratories, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Thomas Jefferson Electron Accelerator Facility, as well as the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Further, given the international network of collaborators of the newly enhanced Astrophysics Group, students will have the opportunity to visit as summer interns the University of Amsterdam, NL. These activities carry on a long tradition of fundamental research in the department, firmly established by George Gamow with a little help from his friend and colleague Edward Teller beginning in the mid-1930s (Gamow is best-known for developing the hot "big-bang" model of our universe).

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Program Requirements

M.A. degree with thesis or no thesis options: 30 semester hours of course work in physics plus thesis, or 36 semester hours of course work in physics and mathematics, including a tool requirement in computer programming. A 3.0 GPA is required.

A minimum of 72 semester hours of approved courses for students with only a baccalaureate. For students with a master's degree, a minimum of 48 semester hours is required. Tool requirement: completion of numerical methods course. A 3.0 GPA is required.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required