Dec 03, 2022  
Graduate Record 2022-2023 
    
Graduate Record 2022-2023

Physics


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101 Physics Building
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400714
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4714
(434) 924-3781
www.phys.virginia.edu


Degree Requirements


Master of Arts


Students are expected to complete a minimum of 30 credits of graded coursework, including four departmental electives and four out of the six core courses:

  • PHYS 7010 (Theoretical Mechanics)
  • PHYS 7410 (Electricity and Magnetism I)
  • PHYS 7420 (Electricity and Magnetism II)
  • PHYS 7610 (Quantum Mechanics I)
  • PHYS 7620 (Quantum Mechanics II) and
  • PHYS 7210 (Statistical Mechanics)

Master of Science


Of the 30 credits required for the degree, students are expected to complete a minimum of 24 credits of graded coursework, including

  • PHYS 7010 (Theoretical Mechanics)
  • PHYS 7410 (Electricity and Magnetism I)
  • PHYS 7420 (Electricity and Magnetism II)
  • PHYS 7610 (Quantum Mechanics I)
  • PHYS 7620 (Quantum Mechanics II)
  • PHYS 7210 (Statistical Mechanics)
  • and two departmental electives.

Students are expected to write and defend a master’s thesis based on original laboratory research.

Doctor of Philosophy


Of the 72 credits required for the doctoral degree, students are expected to complete a minimum of 43 credits of graded coursework, including

  • PHYS 7010 (Theoretical Mechanics)
  • PHYS 7410 (Electricity and Magnetism I)
  • PHYS 7420 (Electricity and Magnetism II)
  • PHYS 7610 (Quantum Mechanics I)
  • PHYS 7620 (Quantum Mechanics II)
  • PHYS 7210 (Statistical Mechanics),
  • five departmental electives,
  • and 10 credits of colloquia and research courses

Students are expected to:

  • pass a qualifying examination
  • complete all requirements stated above other than departmental electives by the conclusion of their fourth semester
  • meet annually with their research committee to review progress (beginning in the third year)
  • present a department seminar on their research topic during their fourth year
  • write and defend a dissertation

Courses


Please follow this link to a listing of graduate course offerings for this program: Graduate Courses Arts & Sciences . Some programs limit the number of credits offered outside the department or school that a student may allocate toward degree requirements.  All course enrollment is subject to approval each term by the Director of Graduate Studies.