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Graduate Programs in Physics

Drexel's MS and PhD degrees in Physics offer students a comprehensive graduate education in physics and the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge scientific research.

Graduate Student Research in Physics

Faculty in the Department of Physics conduct original research in collaboration with their graduate students. The research interests of the faculty span virtually all fields of physics, and provide a stimulating collegial atmosphere. Students earning a graduate degree in physics have the opportunity to work closely with world-recognized leaders, and their day-to-day encounters with faculty and classmates outside of their chosen area provide the added stimulus of new ideas and insights. We have incorporated this professional diversity into our curriculum to allow first- and second-year students to see some of the contemporary issues of physics first-hand. This is especially helpful to the student who is undecided about the field he or she wishes to pursue. Specialization does not occur until after the second year.

Physics Graduate Program Colloquia & Seminars

The numerous colloquia and seminars hosted by the physics department offer graduate students the opportunity to stay abreast of new research in the field. In particular, weekly departmental colloquia feature invited speakers on a wide range of topics. University-sponsored distinguished lectures and the annual Kaczmarczik Lecture bring outstanding physicists (e.g. Martin Rees, Frank Wilczek, John C. Mather, William Phillips, David Gross) to give large lectures, which attract regional attention. The graduate students themselves organize an active seminar series with speakers from their own ranks to remain up to date on each other's work. Research groups within the department also hold their own informal seminars.

Student-Faculty Collaboration

Faculty members and students in our physics graduate program are actively involved in collaborative research efforts, providing unique opportunities to carry out research in projects around the world such as the:

  • Double Chooz and KamLAND neutrino oscillation experiments
  • Sloan Digital Sky Survey
  • Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
  • Hayden Planetarium
  • Universities of Chicago, Palermo, Northwestern; and the Albert Einstein Medical School

There is also significant interaction between some of the research groups at Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania, which is blocks away from Drexel's campus. Comprehensive statistics regarding our program can be found at the American of Institute of Physics.

Physics Graduate Program Highlights

  • Research beginning in the first year, with freedom to explore different areas of physics before choosing a thesis topic
  • Opportunities to participate in major worldwide research collaborations, including the largest sky surveys of our time (SDSS and LSST), the IceCube and LBNE neutrino experiments, and the PICO dark matter detection experiment
  • Access to a a diverse range of experimental and research facilities
  • Topical courses in areas of current research, including astrophysics, biophysics, nanoscience, nonlinear dynamics, particle physics, and solid state
  • An active, tightly knit community of graduate students that enjoys dinners and outings together
  • Physics Graduate Student Association, run by our students and funded by the University
  • Graduate-student-only research seminars (with free lunch!)
  • Interaction with world-renowned researchers who visit Drexel for our colloquium series, and the annual Kaczmarczik Lecture, which has featured several Nobel laureates
  • Assistantships with 12-month stipend support, full-tuition remission, and free health insurance
  • All coursework and exam requirements are finished in June of the second year; the MS in Physics is also awarded at that time.

Master of Science in Physics
PhD in Physics