The Department of Physics offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. These degrees are designed to prepare the candidate for a professional research career. Research areas include materials science, astrophysics, nuclear, condensed matter, statistical, and vitreous state physics. In addition, arrangements can be made for cooperative research projects in nearby governmental laboratories such as NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center,the Naval Research Laboratory , and the National Institute of Standards and Technology . All incoming students must take a preliminary examination at the undergraduate level at the beginning of their first semester of residence. The exam serves as a diagnostic tool for course placement.
The Master of Science (Physics) Degree
Candidates for the M.S. degree must complete a minimum of thirty semester hours of graduate work in residence. In the non-thesis program at least twenty-four semester hours must be in physics, and no more than nine of these may be in courses numbered below 600. In the thesis option, at least eighteen semester hours must be in physics, six of which may be in research guidance and not more than nine in courses numbered below 600. In addition the student must satisfactorily pass a comprehensive examination.
New Masters Program
The Doctor of Philosophy Degree
Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in physics are required to complete fifty-three semester hours, of which thirty-five must be in physics. In the physics courses, a B average must be maintained. Mastery of the material presented in PHYS 525 , 611, 612, 615, 621, 622, 623, 624, 659, and 660 is required of all students. Additional work is arranged according to the preferences of the student. A maximum of nine semester hours in courses below 600 may be applied toward the degree. A comprehensive examination, which includes both written and oral parts, must be passed after the equivalent of two full years of study. In addition, candidates must present a satisfactory dissertation.
Prospective students are invited to write to the department at the address above for additional information. Nearly all full-time graduate students in Physics at Catholic University receive substantial financial support. The application for teaching assistantships and graduate fellowships can be found by clicking here. To contact the Physics Department directly or to request that an admissions form be mailed to you, please click here . General Information about graduate admissions at Catholic University is available from the Office of Admissions.
More information and forms can be found at the Physics Department admissions webpage.