About

We believe in quality education to prepare you to pursue and solve the world’s challenges. You'll be among the brightest minds—both inside and outside of the classroom.

We are known for our engineering programs, but we recognize the importance of a strong foundation in business, education, humanities and social sciences, and science and computing. You will have access to more than 97 degree programs to plan your rewarding career, and you will do it all at one of the best national public research universities in the nation. Learning on our campus far extends the classroom. We cultivate your curiosity in an environment that celebrates the intellectual where there are immersive opportunities to get involved.

- Are you naturally-curious?
- Do you possess an unshakable love of learning and discovery?
- Do you crave immersive opportunities, including internships, study abroad, and research and design teams?
- Do you want to solve complex problems and make your mark on the world?

If so, welcome home.

Program Requirements

Master's:
The master of science degree with thesis requires a minimum of thirty hours of graduate credit. The plan of study (Form 1/1-A) must include a minimum of eighteen credit hours of 4000-, 5000-, and 6000-level lecture courses (1000/2000-level courses cannot be included). A minimum of six credit hours of the required coursework must come from the group of 6000-level lecture courses. Additionally, a minimum of six credit hours of graduate research is required. The findings and results of research undertaken by the candidate must be presented in a written thesis. The thesis should embody the results of an original investigation and must represent significant, creative, and independent work.

The master of science degree without thesis requires a minimum of thirty hours of graduate credit. The plan of study (Form 1/1-A) must include a minimum of twenty-four credit hours of 4000-. 5000-, and 6000-level lecture courses (1000/2000-level courses cannot be included).
A minimum of nine credit
hours of the required coursework must come from the group of 6000-level lecture courses.
Additionally, no credit hours of graduate research may be applied toward the plan of study.

Doctorate:
Students who hold a master’s degree will be required to complete a minimum of forty-two hours of graduate credit. The plan of study (Form 5/5-A) must include a minimum of twelve credit hours of 4000-, 5000-, and 6000-level lecture courses (1000/2000-level courses cannot be included). It is recommended that nine credit hours of the required coursework come from the group of 6000-level lecture courses. Additionally, a minimum of twenty-four credit hours of graduate research is required. A Ph.D. student who holds a master’s degree will receive a block of thirty credit hours that can be included on the Form 5/5-A, which will count toward the total seventy-two-hour program requirement.

Students who do not hold a master’s degree will be required to complete a minimum of seventy-two hours of graduate credit. The plan of study (Form 5/5-A) must include a minimum of thirty-six credit hours of 4000-, 5000-, and 6000-level lecture courses (1000/2000-level courses cannot be included). It is recommended that fifteen credit hours of the required coursework come from the group of 6000-level lecture courses. Additionally, a minimum of twenty-four credit hours of graduate research is required.

A qualifying exam and a comprehensive exam are required. The findings and results of research undertaken by the candidate must be presented in a written dissertation. The dissertation should embody the results of an original investigation and must represent significant, creative, and independent work.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Recommended
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

We have Departmental Picnic in the Fall and Christmas social events with faculty and students. Society of Physics Students have picnic with faculty in spring. There is great interaction between faculty and students inside and outside the classroom.