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  Dec 17, 2017
 
 
    
School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2014-2015 [-ARCHIVED CALENDAR-]

Physics and Astronomy, Ph.D


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Ph.D. Degree


Admission


Applicants will be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program if they have completed a M.Sc. degree in Physics and/or Astronomy (or in a related area) with a B+ average, or are admitted through the M.Sc. transfer option described above.

Course Requirements


The minimum course requirement for the Ph.D. is one full graduate course at the 700-level beyond the M.Sc., for a minimum total of 3 full graduate courses in the combined M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. The Department expects that most candidates will be required by their supervisory committee to complete more than the minimum number of courses. Two of the four following half courses must be completed in either the M.Sc. or Ph.D.:

Additional Requirements


All candidates are required to pass an oral Comprehensive Exam and defend a thesis embodying original research. In addition, all graduate students must attend Department colloquia and are expected to attend and participate in seminars relevant to their field of research.

Interdisciplinary Fields and Programs


Chemical Physics


This interdisciplinary area of research is supported by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Chemistry and is described in the interdisciplinary section of the Calendar.

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