PhD Program in Physics in North America

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A PhD is the abbreviation for Doctor of philosophy. This degree is a post graduate program delivered to a high level student researcher who has done deep research in a specific field or subject.

A Physics PhD lets you develop of a broad background in basic physics, and expand your research abilities in a more specialized area such as Particle Physics, Astrophysics, Applied Physics, Quantum Physics, Optics and many more.

The United States of America is located on the continent of North America. It is the third largest country by size in the world. It has a relatively short history compared to other world nations, has one of the world's largest economies, and has one of the world's most diverse populations.

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PhD in Imaging Science

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Rochester

The doctor of philosophy degree in imaging science signifies high achievement in scholarship and independent investigation in the diverse aspects of imaging science. [+]

The doctor of philosophy degree in imaging science signifies high achievement in scholarship and independent investigation in the diverse aspects of imaging science. Candidates for the doctoral degree must demonstrate proficiency by:

Successfully completing course work, including a core curriculum, as defined by the student’s plan of study; Passing a series of examinations; and Completing an acceptable dissertation under supervision of the student’s research adviser and dissertation committee.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program in imaging science, candidates must:

Hold a bachelor of science degree in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or one of the natural sciences. (Because imaging science encompasses a wide variety of scientific disciplines, students with diverse backgrounds are accepted into the program. Exceptional students from other fields may be accepted.) Have completed courses in calculus, university physics (one year), modern physics, and a computer language. Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Submit official transcripts from all previous course work. Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals well-qualified to judge their abilities for graduate study. Submit an application for graduate study. ... [-]

PhD in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Rochester

RIT’s doctorate program in astrophysical sciences and technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the earth, and in the development of the technologies, instruments, data analysis, and modeling techniques that will enable the next major strides in the field. [+]

PhD in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology

 

There has never been a more exciting time to study the universe beyond the confines of the earth. A new generation of advanced ground-based and space-borne telescopes and enormous increases in computing power are enabling a golden age of astrophysics. RIT’s doctorate program in astrophysical sciences and technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the earth, and in the development of the technologies, instruments, data analysis, and modeling techniques that will enable the next major strides in the field. The multidisciplinary emphasis of this program sets it apart from conventional astrophysics graduate programs at traditional research universities.... [-]


PhD in Materials Science at Montana State University

American Consortium of Universities (Interlink)
Campus September 2017 USA Louisville

The Montana University System announces an exciting new collaborative program offering Montana’s first Ph.D. in Materials Science. The program includes the departments, faculty, courses and research infrastructure of the campuses of the University of Montana, Montana State University and Montana Tech. [+]

Doctoral Programs in Physics in North America 2017. The Montana University System announces an exciting new collaborative program offering Montana’s first Ph.D. in Materials Science. The program includes the departments, faculty, courses and research infrastructure of the campuses of the University of Montana, Montana State University and Montana Tech. Research specialties are focused in four areas: Biomaterials Electronic, photonic and magnetic materials Materials for energy storage, conversion and conservation Materials synthesis, processing and fabrication The curriculum integrates a broad range of physical science and engineering disciplines with an even broader range of applications, from health and medicine to nanotechnology to energy, environment and natural resources. Application Deadlines Review of applications begins in January and continues until all slots are full. Priority is given to early applicants. Required Tests The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Materials Science Program. Theses scores must be received directly from ETS. The institution code for Montana State University is 4488. International Applicants English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived. Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student. Additional Admission Requirements For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. [-]

PhD in Astronomy

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University (NAU) will launch a new PhD program in Astronomy and Planetary Science in the Fall of 2016. The Department is now recruiting new faculty members and PhD students. [+]

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University (NAU) will launch a new PhD program in Astronomy and Planetary Science in the Fall of 2016. The Department is now recruiting new faculty members and PhD students. Current and Future Faculty Expertise Current faculty members use ground-based and space-based telescopes to study small bodies in the Solar System and the formation and evolution of other planetary systems; spacecraft imagery to study planetary surfaces; and a state-of-the-art laboratory to study astrophysical ice analogs. NAU faculty members have close research collaborations with scientists at local institutions including Lowell Observatory, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Astrogeology Science Center, and the United States Naval Observatory. In the next few years, the Department will hire tenure-track faculty members with expertise in exoplanet science, astro-chemistry, astro-informatics, astronomical instrumentation, and observational astronomy specializing in Solar System objects, exoplanets, or related topics. Superb Access To Large Telescopes Faculty members and their PhD students have full competitive access to facilities run by the University of Arizona including the 2 x 8.4-meter Large Binocular Telescope, 6.5-meter Magellan Telescopes, 6.5-meter MMT telescope, 2.3-meter Bok telescope 1.8-meter Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, and the 1.5-meter Kuiper Telescope. NAU researches have access to the 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope, 1.8 Perkins telescope, and 0.8-meter NURO telescope through partnerships with Lowell Observatory. Faculty and students also have access to the 0.5-meter Lutz telescope on the NAU campus. Curriculum PhD students in the program will build skills and knowledge through formal class work and an original research project. Students will take ten core classes during their first two years in the program. Five of the core classes will focus on the development of essential skills PhD astronomers and planetary scientists need upon entering the workforce in an academic or industrial setting (instrument design and fabrication, optical design, computational physics, big data, and techniques of observational astronomy). Five classes will focus on advanced topics in astronomy and planetary science that students need for a solid foundation upon which to build their own postdoctoral research (formation and evolution of solar systems, atmospheres, interiors, and surfaces of planetary bodies, astro-chemistry, exoplanet science, and special topics). Students will perform their own original research, write a dissertation, and make an oral, public presentation of their results. In the original research component, students will learn how to collect and analyze data, write up their results, and communicate their results to others in a manner consistent with professional standards in the astronomical and planetary science communities. Financial Support All students in the program will receive full-tuition waivers, a stipend as either a graduate teaching assistant or a graduate research assistant, and health insurance. Generally, students will be supported as teaching assistants in introductory physics and/or astronomy labs during their first two years as then as research assistants after advancing to PhD candidacy. Campus Northern Arizona University is a 26,000-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 67,000 at an elevation of 7,000 ft at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. Opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing, skiing, and snowboarding abound. Admission Requirements and Procedure To be considered for admission, students must complete and submit the online application form at the Graduate College Admissions website and click on the Apply Now link. Please follow the directions and submit all materials online. Be sure to select Doctoral Degree and Astronomy and Planetary Science. Your online application must include: A statement of interest describing why you are applying to NAU as well as your professional interests and goals; A scientific/technical writing sample such as a senior thesis, MS thesis, major class paper or professional report demonstrating your analytical and writing skills; Three letters of recommendation of which two should be from faculty members. Scores from the general GRE are required; the Physics GRE is recommended. All materials should be submitted through the online application site. Please note that this program does not appear in the current (2015-2016) academic catalog. But if you start an application to the Graduate Colleqe, it will appear as an option. Successful applicants will usually have a bachelor's or Master's degree in Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, or a related field with a 3.0 GPA or above. Evaluation of applications for Fall admission will begin after January 15 of that year. Financial aid awards in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships will be selected in April. [-]

Ph.D. Engineering - Concentration in Nanoscale Systems

Louisiana Tech University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Ruston

Required General Core Courses. Take all of the following: (9 SCH) - MATH 574 Numerical Solutions of PDE [+]

Doctoral Programs in Physics in North America 2017. Required General Core Courses Take all of the following: (9 SCH) - MATH 574 Numerical Solutions of PDE - ENGR 641 Formulation of Solutions to Engineering Problems - STAT 620 Theory of Probability Micro/Nanotechnology Core Courses Take the first two and choose two from the remaining three: (12 SCH) - MSE 501 Fundamentals of Microfabrication Processes - MSE 502 Microsystems Principles - MSE 504 Advanced Materials for Micro/Nano Devices & Systems - MSE 505 Nanotechnology Principles - MSE 512 Biotechnology Principles Qualifiying Examinations - ENGR 685 Doctoral Qualifying Examination - ENGR 686 Oral Comprehensive Examination Doctoral Seminar: 3 SCH All students are automatically enrolled in the Doctoral Seminar course (ENGR 610) each Fall quarter. 3 SCH of the seminar may be counted towards the degree. Independent Study and Special Topics (±12 SCH total) Students may enroll in 6 SCH or more of doctoral level special topics courses (ENGR 657) as part of the course work for the degree. Students may enroll in 6 SCH of Doctoral Independent Study (ENGR 650) under the supervision of a faculty member. Independent study can be a preparation for the research leading to the dissertation. Recommended Elective courses Choose four or more of the following to complete to reach 48 SCH of courses: (12+ SCH) - BIEN 557 Special Topics – BioMEMS - BIEN 557 Special Topics – Protein Engineering - CMEN 504 Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics - CMEN 513 Transport Phenomena - CMEN 557 Special Topics - Chemical Microsystems - CMEN 557 Special Topics – Nanosystems Modeling - CMEN 557 Special Topics - Thermodynamics - CHEM 502 Selected Topics in Organic Chem. - Principles of Polymers - MSNT 506/CHEM 523 Nanofabrication by Self-Assembly - ELEN 533 Optoelectronics - ELEN 535 Advanced Topics in Microelectronics - ENGR 566 Quality in Engineering - ENGR 592 Engineering Computational Methods - ENGR 622 The Academic Enterprise - ENGR 631 Global Competitiveness and Management of Technology - MEEN 557 Durability of Materials - MEMT 508 Finite Element Analysis - MEMT 511 Modern Engineering Materials - MSE 506 Micro/Nano Scale Materials Measurements & Analysis - MSE 507/ELEN 537 Advanced Microfabrication with CAD - MSE 508/ELEN 538 Advanced Microelectronic Devices with CAD - MSE 609 Microsystems Analysis with CAD - MSE 610 Microsystems Design with CAD - PHYS 512 Solid State Physics - STAT 621 Theory of Statistics *Courses not listed are also acceptable, provided they are approved by the student’s advisory committee. Research and Dissertation 18 SCH - ENGR 651 Research and Dissertation Total: 48 SCH of courses + 18 SCH of Research & Dissertation = 66 SCH. Students must also make a B or better in a minimum of 18 SCH of 600 level courses. [-]

Ph.D. Engineering - Concentration in Physics

Louisiana Tech University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Ruston

General Core Courses. Take all three of the following: Mathematical Methods for Scientists [+]

General Core Courses Take all three of the following: (9 SCH) - PHYS 510/ENGR 641 Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers (Fall) - STAT 505 Statistics for Engineering and Science (Winter) - MATH 574 Numerical Solutions to PDEs (Spring) Disciplinary (Physics) Core Courses Take all five of the following: (15 SCH) - PHYS 511 Electromagnetic Theory (Spring) - PHYS 512 Solid State Physics (Fall) - PHYS 521/MEEN 571 Theoretical Mechanics (Winter) - PHYS 522: Quantum Mechanics (Spring) - PHYS 533 Statistical Mechanics (Winter) Qualifying Examinations - ENGR 685 Doctoral Qualifying Examination - ENGR 686 Oral Comprehensive Examination Doctoral Seminar: 3 SCH All students are automatically enrolled in the Doctoral Seminar course (ENGR 610) each Fall quarter. 3 SCH of the seminar may be counted towards the degree. Recommended Elective courses (Students can take up to two Doctoral level Special Topics courses - either PHYS 557 or ENGR 657 - as part of the elective course work for the degree, for a total of 6 SCH.) Choose seven of the following: (21 SCH) - BIEN 557 Special Topics – BioMEMS - BIEN 557 Special Topics – Protein Engineering - CHEM 502 Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry – Principles of Polymers - CHEM 523 Nanofabrication by Self-Assembly - ENGR 566 Quality in Engineering - ENGR 592 Engineering Computational Methods - ELEN 533 Optoelectronics - ELEN 535 Advanced Topics in Microelectronics - MATH 655 Mathematical Modeling - MEEN 549 Computational Fluid Dynamics - MEMT 508 Finite Element Methods - MEMT 511 Modern Engineering Materials - MEMT 565 Continuum Mechanics - MSE 501 Microsystem Principles - MSE 502 Microfabrication Principles - MSE 503 Microfabrication Applications and Device Fabrication - MSE 504 Advanced Materials For Micro/Nano Devices And Systems - MSE 505 Nanotechnology Principles - MSE 506 Micro/Nano Scale Materials, Measurements, and Analysis - PHYS 515 Detectors for Particle & Nuclear Physics (proposed) - PHYS 523 Classical Theory of Fields - PHYS 524 Quantum Theory of Fields - PHYS 531 Theories of Physics I - PHYS 532 Theories of Physics II - PHYS 540 Computational Methods in Physics Modeling and Simulation I - PHYS 541 Computational Methods in Physics Modeling and Simulation II Research and Dissertation: 18 hours of research and dissertation - PHYS 651(prop.)/ENGR 651 Research and Dissertation Total: 48 SCH of courses + 18 SCH of Research & Dissertation = 66 SCH. Research and Dissertation: Minimum 18 hours (ENGR 651). 3, 6 or 9 hours per quarter. Maximum total allowed is 30 hours. Total: 48 SCH of courses + 18 SCH of Research & Dissertation = 66 SCH. [-]