The master's degree is not a requirement for the Ph.D. in physics. At least 48 credits of graduate courses, exclusive of research credit, must be successfully completed. All students are required to take Physics 6010, 6020, 7060, 7100, 7170, 7180, 7230, 7240, 7910, 7920, 7930, and 7940, as well as six credits of an advanced specialty such as nuclear physics or solid state physics.
The Ph.D. preliminary exam consists of two written examinations, one covering classical physics and the other quantum mechanics and modern physics. This exam can be first attempted earlier but not later than the fifth semester of graduate study. Students who have met course requirements and have passed the preliminary exam become degree candidates. Those who have not are required to attend the weekly departmental colloquium for credit, when offered.
A degree candidate must arrange to have a faculty dissertation committee before which the prospectus for the dissertation must be defended. The prospectus defense should not occur later than the end of the student's sixth semester, unless the department approves a later date. The prospectus defense includes an examination over material in or related to the student's area of specialization. Each student must demonstrate to his/her research advisor an acceptable level of proficiency in computer programming.
The final requirement for the Ph.D. degree in physics is an acceptable dissertation based on significant research, and its defense in an oral exam.
Admission with financial aid is only for doctoral students. However, a graduate student can receive an M.S. based on 30 hours of approved graduate credit, or (if a faculty member agrees to offer this option) an M.S. based on 24 hours of approved graduate credit plus a thesis.
For further details, see the Guidelines for Physics Graduate Students.
This program allows students to obtain a Master’s Degree in five years, by enabling them to take graduate level courses as an undergraduate. For more information on the Physics 4 + 1 Program, please see the document linked below.
REMINDER: The application deadline for Graduate Study in Physics at Tulane is Feb. 1st.
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