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Physics - Ph.D.

Kent State University
Program overview
5 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
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Program description

Physics - Ph.D.

The Ph.D. degree in Physics provides training of professionals to conduct independently conceived programs of research or teaching in universities or research laboratories. Original research is required in fundamental or applied areas of physics, and the Ph.D. dissertation must be orally defended. Two years of graduate coursework, plus four years of research are typical.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
  • Minimum 3.000 GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission

English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:

  • Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
  • Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
  • Minimum 77 MELAB score
  • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
  • Minimum 58 PTE score
  • Minimum 110 Duolingo English Test score

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Program content

Major requirements

  • Classical Electrodynamics II
  • Statistical Mechanics I
  • Quantum Mechanics II
  • Quantum Mechanics III
  • Particle Physics
  • Applications of Quantum Chromodynamics or Advanced Condensed Matter
  • Physics or Liquid Crystal Physics
  • Solid State Physics I
  • Dissertation I

Tuition fees

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Graduates of these programs will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate cognitive skills important to a physicist
  2. Demonstrate a core knowledge and understanding of the foundations of physics.
  3. Communicate results of their work to peers, to various target groups within the physics community and to people outside the discipline.

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Kent State University

At Kent State University, people hail from every corner of the globe to do work that paves the way for a brighter tomorrow. Here, you’ll find world-class faculty serving as researchers and mentors, alumni leaders in business, healthcare, education, and...

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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

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