Externally funded research is the foundation of our graduate program, which prepares our students for scientific challenges in private industry, government labs, or academia.

Huntsville, nestled in the Tennessee Valley, is a vibrant southern metropolis that is home to a robust economy and a high standard (and low cost) of living. Among the city’s largest employers are Redstone Arsenal; NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology; and Cummings Research Park (CRP), the nation’s second largest research park. More than 300 high-tech and research companies and 26,000 employees are located in CRP, with UAH as the park’s anchor tenant.

The metro area's 550,000+ residents are also some of the country’s most educated with one of the highest per-capita incomes. The department's faculty maintains close connections with many of these employers, offering graduating students an excellent choice of options ranging from private sector, to government, to academic employment.

Program Requirements

Thesis Option: 24 semester hours graduate course work, six hours thesis, maintain B average or better; no language requirement. Non-Thesis Option: 33 semester hours graduate course work; maintain B average or better; comprehensive exam; no language requirement.

Minimum 48 semester hours of graduate credits required, plus satisfactory performance in an approved course program. Admission to Ph.D. program dependent upon performance on Comprehensive Exam. Admission to candidacy on passing Qualifying Exam. Dissertation and final oral exam required; one year residency; no language requirement.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required