University of Alaska, Fairbanks

900 Yukon Drive, REIC 102, UAF Physics, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775, United States of America

About

The Department of Physics offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics, Space Physics and Interdisciplinary Studies.

UAF is Alaska’s designated research campus and America's Arctic University. With 9 faculty members, the Physics Department is large enough to have a vibrant undergraduate and graduate program while small enough to give close individual attention to our students.

UAF is located in the heart of Alaska with the most remote wilderness in the country close by. Students as well as faculty enjoy the miles of ski and cross country trails that start right behind the science buildings. Incredible shows like the Aurora Borealis, Green Flashes, Sun Dogs, and all kinds of other amazing optical phenomena are frequent topics for discussion and photography by students and faculty.

Students, staff and faculty enjoy our Thanksgiving party and various other smaller pizza parties throughout the year. The department as well as our graduate student organization (PGSA) helps all incoming students with nonacademic questions, ranging from winterizing the car, cabin life, to the shutter speed in auroral photography. PGSA organizes smaller hikes e.g., in Denali National Park.

Program Requirements

Master's:
The Master's degree in Physics is offered with a concentration in Physics, Computational Physics, or Space Physics.
(a) Thesis Option: The minimum number of credits that must be earned is 30 semester hours, of which 24cr must be from course work. A thesis is required and an oral defense of the thesis must be taken in conjunction with a comprehensive/final examination. The examining committee shall consist of the candidate's advisory committee.
(b) Project Option: A non-thesis Master's degree requires a minimum of 33 credits, of which 30cr are from course work. Three credits must be devoted to a short research project resulting in a written report.

In both cases (a, b), a maximum of 9 semester hours of credit from another institution may be transferred to UAF and applied toward a master's degree upon approval of the student's advisory committee and the dean of the college or school in which the student is enrolled.
All work toward the fulfillment of a master's degree must be completed in 7 years.

Doctorate:
We offer a Ph.D. degree in Physics and a Ph.D. degree in Space Physics. In both cases, the degree of Doctor of Philosophy is granted for proven ability and scholarly attainment. There are no fixed credit requirements for this degree. However, coursework will be set by individual student's background, coursework requirements for passing Ph.D. comprehensive examination, and research requirements. The student's graduate advisory committee and the student will prepare the student's graduate study plan for the degree.
The Ph.D. comprehensive examination needs to be taken after the fourth semester. All work toward the fulfillment of a Ph.D. degree must be completed within 10 years.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Recommended
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

UAF is Alaska’s designated research campus and America's Arctic University. With 9 faculty members, the Physics Department is large enough to have a vibrant undergraduate and graduate program while small enough to give close individual attention to our students.
UAF is located in the heart of Alaska with the most remote wilderness in the country close by. Students as well as faculty enjoy the miles of ski and cross country trails that start right behind the science buildings. Incredible shows like the Aurora Borealis, Green Flashes, Sun Dogs, and all kinds of other amazing optical phenomena are frequent topics for discussion and photography by students and faculty. Students, staff, and faculty enjoy our Thanksgiving party and various other smaller pizza parties throughout the year. The department as well as our graduate student organization (PGSA) helps all incoming students with nonacademic questions, ranging from winterizing the car, cabin life, to the shutter speed in auroral photography. PGSA organizes smaller hikes e.g., in Denali National Park.