University of Oklahoma

Graduate College

Physics & Astronomy


830 Van Vleet Oval

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK 73072

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - Physics; Engineering Physics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy was established in 1909. Its 29 faculty are split into four roughly equal groups: Astrophysics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, High Energy Physics, and Condensed Matter Physics. We offer masters and doctoral degrees in Physics (Astrophysics) and Engineering Physics. Why should you come to OU? (1) We're successful in research: Research expenditures, now at $4.2M/yr, have been growing at at an average rate of 7% each year for the last decade. A third of our faculty have won awards (from the NSF or from OU) for research. (2) We provide a great education: Nearly a third of our faculty has received awards for superior teaching at the University of Oklahoma and two have won the State of Oklahoma Gold Medal in Teaching. (3) We’re host to half of CSPIN, the Center for Semiconductor Physics in Nanostructures. This multimillion dollar NSF funded Materials Research, Science, and Engineering Center is a joint effort between OU and the University of Arkansas to push the boundaries of nanotechnology. (4) Our Astrophysics program is spectacular: while some departments have only a few astrophysicists, nearly one quarter of our faculty work in the field. Their research covers the field from Kuiper Belt Objects to Big Bang Cosmology. Even with wide ranging interests we are interact strongly through our common interest in supernovae, stellar evolution, and spectroscopy. (5) The high energy physics group has remarkable strength in both experimental and theoretical physics. It has been an active member of the D0 experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron, and is transitioning to a major role in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), as a Tier 2 center for data analysis when the LHC comes on line.

International Student Requirements:

Consideration for graduate-level study requires the completion of a degree comparable to a United States bachelor's degree in Physics, with superior grades from an accredited institution of higher education. This typically means the completion of a degree of at least four years duration beyond the 12th year of school. Applicants from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh must have completed at least an M.S., M.A., M.Com., B.Engr., or other degree of at least four years duration beyond grade 12 to be considered for graduate study. For students from Europe and the former Soviet Union, we consider the first degree of four to five years duration to be comparable to a U.S. bachelor's degree, not a masters degree. An official TOEFL score of 550 (213 on the computer test) or higher or an official Cambridge IELTS score of 6.5. is required. In addition, an undergraduate or masters degree from a U.S. university is sufficient to demonstrate English Proficiency.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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