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Admitted Physics Students

We are delighted that you will be joining the Department of Physics at Drexel University. We've prepared a list of frequently asked questions that you may have about coming to Drexel and Philadelphia.

Physics Graduate Orientation Program

All new full-time students must attend this program. The program has two components, one from the Department of Physics and the other organized by Drexel University. During each morning, there will be a computing seminar that will introduce you to programming tools needed for future class work. Most afternoons, there will be short talks by faculty members in which they will describe their research. Orientation is a good time to meet your fellow students and the faculty. By the end of this period you will be on your way to tackling computing problems and have an idea of the range of research possibilities in the department. The program also includes activities with the other graduate students.

Course Registration

Please follow the instructions below to make sure that you register for the correct classes and number of credits. First-year PhD students (not post-master's) should register for nine credits of required physics courses:

  • PHYS 501 Mathematical Physics I (3 credits)
  • PHYS 506 Dynamics I (3 credits)

Choose one of the following "topical" courses:

  • PHYS 626 Solid State Physics I (3 credits)
  • PHYS 676 Nuclear Physics I (3 credits)

How Do I Register?

These tutorials will assist you in adding or dropping classes as you create your class schedule.

International Students and Scholars Services

Please visit the International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) website for instructions.

Physics Graduate Advising

The Director of Graduate Studies, Michael Vogeley, PhD, is responsible for advising first-year students until they are established with a research adviser. Professor Vogeley is the primary source of information about the Physics Graduate Program and can help in answering most questions. His office is located in Disque Hall 811, students may call 215.895.2710 or contact him by e-mail at