Physics (MS, PhD)
Telephone: (302) 831-1995
Faculty Listing: http://web.physics.udel.edu/about/directory?type=faculty
The Department of Physics offers graduate programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees. The Department is located in Sharp Laboratory, which houses a physics library, research and teaching laboratories, a fully equipped and staffed machine shop, and an electronics shop.
The faculty of the Graduate Program are involved in a variety of experimental and theoretical research activities focused on the areas of condensed matter and materials physics, AMO (atomic, molecular, and optical) physics, astronomy, astrophysics, space physics, and high energy physics. In-house experimental research laboratories are well equipped and on-campus shared facilities such as the University of Delaware Nanofabrication Facility supplement experimental capabilities. Off-campus research activities involve high altitude balloon flights, a worldwide network of neutron monitors, ultra-high energy cosmic ray and solar flare observatories in Antarctica, and gamma-ray telescopes in Arizona. Faculty also conduct research at national laboratories, both in the U.S. and abroad, and make frequent use of ground and space-based astronomical observatories.
Requirements for Admission
Admission is selective and competitive, based on the number of well-qualified applicants and the limits of available faculty, facilities, and financial resources. Those who meet stated minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths. Applicants should have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.2. In addition, a complete official transcript or equivalent certified written record of academic work to date are required. At least three letters of reference should be sent independently by persons familiar with the applicant’s academic work. GRE general test is not required and GRE physics subject test is optional. Applications with or without a GRE physics subject test score will be considered by the admissions committee. Students whose first language is not English must provide a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS. For financial support, a TOEFL score exceeding 600/250/100 or IELTS score exceeding 7 is required.
Financial aid is available to graduate students in the form of teaching and research assistantships, and research fellowships. Exceptional applicants can be considered for the prestigious Unidel Distinguished Graduate Scholars Award. Students who apply to the PhD track (not the MS) will be favored for financial aid such as teaching assistantships. Inquiry regarding financial aid may be made when applying for admission. Please refer to Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships for additional information.