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The Graduate School

Physics (PhD, MS)

The Department of Physics offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree programs in physics. The program is designed for students interested in careers in applied physics or research and development, or positions as technical personnel in industry. While the program has a distinct focus on condensed matter physics, the curriculum boasts a wide range of diverse electives and courses of study are highly individualized for each student. Faculty advisors and the department’s graduate committee work closely with students to tailor their academic experience to their unique research interests. Other specialized topics include material physics, smart energy and high energy physics.

Funding opportunities such as graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, fellowships and grants are available. In many cases, teaching assistantships include health insurance and a tuition scholarship. All doctoral students receive funding. Students can also pursue accelerated BA or BS tracks in conjunction with a Master’s in Teaching (MAT) degree program in specific fields.

Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Physics
  • MS in Physics

Professional Development

On entering the program, all students meet with the director of graduate programs to plan their curriculum. The department is committed to providing support for every student and ensuring a well-rounded academic experience. Regular colloquia are held where distinguished scholars are invited to discuss their research.

The PhD is awarded to students who contribute a significant advance in knowledge in specialized areas of condensed matter physics, applied physics and material sciences. Students are encouraged to assimilate early into research groups and foster close relationships with faculty mentors.

The MS program is designed for students interested in a career as a physicist or placement in a PhD program. Due to the breadth of the field of applied physics, each student’s coursework is carefully tailored to meet the student’s particular interests and needs.

After You Graduate

The flexibility of an advanced degree in physics allows students to easily transition into related fields such as chemistry and engineering. Most master’s students pursue doctoral positions, and many alumni enter industry working with semiconductors, packaging and electronics. Recent program graduates currently hold teaching positions at colleges and research universities such as the University of Virginia. Alumni also serve in both government and private industry roles.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
    • Undergraduate degree in physics or related field desirable for admission.
  • Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official GRE Subject Test in Physics scores 

International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores)

This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.

Class Profile

Total Enrollment: 39
International / Non-Citizen Enrollment: 50%

PhD

GRE Verbal: 63%
GRE Quantitative: 
76%
GPA:
3.32

*These scores represent the AVERAGE for the recently admitted class; scoring lower does not result in automatic rejection and scoring higher does not guarantee acceptance.

Deadlines

DegreeFallSpring
PhD in PhysicsFebruary 15October 15
MS in PhysicsFebruary 15October 15

More Info

For more information, visit the Physics program page.