About

We offer two programs of study. Our doctoral program has been awarding Ph.D.s in Physics since 1899, and is currently training over 175 students in all areas of physics. Our MS in Physics-Quantum Computing (MSPQC) has been awarding degrees since 2020

The Department of Physics trains the best researchers in the field. Graduates from the department can be found on the faculty at top Universities and working as researchers at major government and private laboratories around the world. Graduates from the department have earned major national and international awards for their research.

Program Requirements

Master's:
The MS Physics-Quantum Computing (MSPQC) Program is an accelerated 1 year program with a total of 30 credits. The tuition is $1,600 per credit. The required courses are Physics 707, 709, and 779: Quantum Computing, Advanced Quantum Computing, and Quantum Computing Laboratory.

Doctorate:
The following are required for a doctorate degree: 1) a qualifying exam, 2) satisfying the Ph.D. graduate-level credit requirement, 3) satisfying the minor requirement, 4) passing a preliminary exam, 5) completing required course work (711, 715, 721, 731, 732) with grades of B or better, and 6) a Ph.D. thesis.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The University of Wisconsin at Madison is among the most prestigious universities in the world. It is one of the largest in the U.S. with over 40,000 students (including undergraduates, graduates, and professional). For the student, however, it has the feel of a much smaller institution. The campus is spread out over a large area; its departments of study are well-organized and coherent so the student easily finds a place in a well-defined smaller group; and the campus is a friendly place, in the best upper Midwest tradition, where the faculty make a point of being available to their students. The Physics Department has a strong tradition of graduate study and research. There are many facilities for doing world-class research. We have a large professional staff: 45 full-time faculty members; 9 faculty holding joint appointments with other departments; 34 assistant, associate, and senior scientists; and 46 post-docs.