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One preeminent goal of the UWM Physics graduate education is to train and develop creative research scientists. The high faculty-to-student ratio encourages close social and professional contact between graduate students and faculty.

One preeminent goal of the UWM Physics graduate education is to train and develop creative research scientists. The high faculty-to-student ratio encourages close social and professional contact between graduate students and faculty. To hone solid research skills and protocols, students are provided with research opportunities early in their careers. Because of this teaching approach, the employment record of UWM Physics students has been very good, with graduates typically obtaining faculty and postdoctoral positions in academia as well as research and development positions in industry.

Because many students go on to careers that involve teaching physics at universities and colleges throughout the world, the graduate faculty has devised a program that helps encourage the development of solid teaching skills. New teaching assistants attend a one-semester seminar, “The Art and Science of Teaching Physics.” This seminar is led by experienced TAs and by some of the best teachers among our faculty, which results in talented UWM graduate students that frequently teach summer courses on campus and at nearby colleges.

Program Requirements

Master's:
The Master's graduate must complete 30 graduate credits (12 credits must be earned at UWM), and pass a comprehensive examination. The student may choose to engage in research and present a thesis for 6 credits of the total needed. The Graduate School requires an average of at least 3.0 (4.0 basis) for all graduate work.

Doctorate:
The PhD graduate is required to complete 54 graduate credits (27 credits must be earned in residence at UWM) beyond the Bachelor's degree and pass a written comprehensive examination. A dissertation reporting the results of original and independent research investigation must be written and defended. The Graduate School requires an average of at least 3.0 (4.0 basis) for all graduate work.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Recommended
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

We strive to maintain a friendly atmosphere in the department. In normal operations, we have weekly informal teas, weekly colloquia, and multiple seminars. The CGCA also has an informal tea three times a week and an happy hour on Fridays.