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Associate Provost

Beise, Elizabeth J., Full Member

Dean

Banavar, Jayanth, Full Member

Chair

Baden, Andrew R., Full Member

Associate Chair

Cohen, Thomas D., Full Member

Shawhan, Peter S., Full Member

Co-Director

Rolston, Steven L., Non-Member

Director

Hoffman, Kara D., Full Member

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Beise, Elizabeth J., Full Member

Cohen, Thomas D., Full Member

Dorland, William D., Full Member

Eno, Sarah C., Full Member

Gates, Sylvester James, Jr., Full Member

Goodman, Jordan A., Full Member

Jacobson, Theodore A., Full Member

Lobb, Christopher J., Full Member

Milchberg, Howard M., Full Member

Mohapatra, Rabindra N., Full Member

Redish, Edward F., Full Member

Distinguished University Professor

Das Sarma, Sankar, Full Member

Drake, James F., Full Member

Gates, Sylvester James, Jr., Full Member

Jawahery, Abolhassan, Full Member

Ott, Edward, Full Member

Phillips, William D., Adjunct Member

Sagdeev, Roald Z., Full Member

Sundrum, Raman, Full Member

Williams, Ellen D., Full Member

Professor

Anlage, Steven, Full Member

Antonsen, Thomas M., Jr., Full Member

Baden, Andrew R., Full Member

Banavar, Jayanth, Full Member

Bedaque, Paulo, Full Member

Beise, Elizabeth J., Full Member

Buonanno, Alessandra, Full Member

Cohen, Thomas D., Full Member

Dorland, William D., Full Member

Einstein, Theodore L., Full Member

Ellis, Richard F., Full Member

Eno, Sarah C., Full Member

Eno, Sarah C., Full Member

Galitski, Victor M., Full Member

Goodman, Jordan A., Full Member

Greenberg, Oscar Wallace, Full Member

Greene, Richard L., Full Member

Hadley, Nicholas John, Full Member

Hamilton, Douglas C., Full Member

Hassam, Adil B., Full Member

Hu, Bei-Lok, Full Member

Jacobson, Theodore A., Full Member

Jarzynski, Christopher, Full Member

Jawahery, Abolhassan, Full Member

Ji, Xiangdong, Full Member

Kirkpatrick, Theodore R., Full Member

Lathrop, Daniel P., Full Member

Lobb, Christopher J., Full Member

Losert, Wolfgang, Full Member

Milchberg, Howard M., Full Member

Mohapatra, Rabindra N., Full Member

Monroe, Christopher, Full Member

Orozco, Luis A., Non-Member

Papadopoulos, Konstantinos Dennis, Full Member

Redish, Edward F., Full Member

Rolston, Steven L., Non-Member

Roy, Rajarshi, Full Member

Seo, Eun-Suk, Adjunct Member

Skuja, Andris, Full Member

Sprangle, Phillip, Full Member

Sullivan, Gregory W., Full Member

Wellstood, Frederick C., Full Member

Yakovenko, Victor M., Full Member

Regents Professor

Gates, Sylvester James, Jr., Full Member

Associate Professor

Agashe, Kaustubh, Full Member

Applebaum, Ian, Full Member

Chacko, Zackaria, Full Member

Girvan, Michelle, Full Member

Hall, Carter R., Full Member

Hoffman, Kara D., Full Member

Kim, Kiyong, Full Member

Ouyang, Min, Full Member

Paglione, Johnpierre, Full Member

Roberts, Douglas A., Full Member

Shawhan, Peter S., Full Member

Upadhyaya, Arpita, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Belloni, Alberto, Full Member

Manucharyan, Vladimir, Full Member

McKinney, Jonathan, Full Member

Sau, Jay Deep, Full Member

Williams, James R., Full Member

Senior Research Scientist

Chang, Chia-Cheh, Full Member

Currie, Douglas, Full Member

Mason, Glenn M., Full Member

Misner, Charles W., Full Member

Pati, Jogesh C., Full Member

Research Professor

Anderson, James Robert, Full Member

Drew, H. Dennis, Full Member

Fuhrer, Michael, Full Member

Liu, Chuan Sheng, Full Member

Paik, Ho Jung, Full Member

Park, Robert L., Full Member

Venkatesan, T. Venky, Full Member

Wallace, Stephen J., Full Member

Adjunct Professor

Clark, Charles, Adjunct Member

Julienne, Paul S., Full Member

Lett, Paul, Adjunct Member

Mather, John C., Full Member

Migdall, Alan, Full Member

Osborn, Kevin, Full Member

Porto, Trey, Full Member

Solomon, Glenn, Full Member

Spielman, Ian, Full Member

Tiesinga, Eite, Full Member

Williams, Carl, Full Member

Adjunct Associate Professor

McEnery, Julie, Full Member

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Butch, Nicholas, Full Member

Campbell, Gretchen, Full Member

Gorshkov, Alexey, Full Member

Taylor, Jacob, Full Member

Affiliate Professor

Childs, Andrew, Full Member

Hill, Wendell T., III, Full Member

Takeuchi, Ichiro, Full Member

Weeks, John D., Full Member

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus

Fisher, Michael E., Full Member

Gloeckler, George, Full Member

Yorke, James A., Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Anderson, James Robert, Full Member

Bhagat, Satindar M., Full Member

Boyd, Derek A., Full Member

Brill, Dieter R., Full Member

Chang, Chia-Cheh, Full Member

Chant, Nicholas S., Full Member

Currie, Douglas, Full Member

Dorfman, Jay Robert, Full Member

Dragt, Alex J., Full Member

Drew, H. Dennis, Full Member

Glick, Arnold J., Full Member

Goldenbaum, George C., Full Member

Griem, Hans R., Full Member

Griffin, James J., Full Member

Holmgren, Harry D., Full Member

Kim, Young Suh, Full Member

Korenman, Victor, Full Member

Langenberg, Donald N., Full Member

Layman, John W., Full Member

Liu, Chuan Sheng, Full Member

Mason, Glenn M., Full Member

Misner, Charles W., Full Member

Paik, Ho Jung, Full Member

Park, Robert L., Full Member

Pati, Jogesh C., Full Member

Richard, Jean-Paul, Full Member

Roos, Philip G., Full Member

Sucher, Joseph, Full Member

Wallace, Stephen J., Full Member

Woo, Ching-Hung, Full Member

Associate Professor Emeritus

Kacser, Claude, Full Member

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Physics (PHYS)   

Program Title and Classification

Physics

Graduate Degree Program

College: Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Abstract

A fuller picture of the Department of Physics can be found on the department’s home page, http://umdphysics.umd.edu; only a summary is provided here. The Department of Physics offers graduate courses on general and specialized topics in advanced physics, and has active research programs in many areas of current interest. The various research groups can be browsed at http://umdphysics.umd.edu/research/research-areas.html.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Supplementary Application
  • Publications/Presentations: If authors exceed 30 leave field blank.
  • GRE Subject (Physics)

The University of Maryland Department of Physics has a strong national and international reputation, and receives a large number of applications each year from well-qualified students. Consequently, admission to the graduate degree program is quite selective.

Students who enter the graduate program are normally expected to have strong backgrounds in physics, including intermediate-level courses in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, physical optics, quantum physics, and thermodynamics. Prior research experience and strong letters of recommendation are highly valued. Good preparation in mathematics is also desirable, especially for students who may pursue theoretical physics research.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Dec


Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://www.umdphysics.umd.edu

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis option: 30 credits

Non-thesis option (scholarly report): 30 credits

Thesis option requires at least four courses of the general physics sequence, a graduate laboratory course, six credits of PHYS 799: Master's Thesis Research, and passing an oral examination. 

Non-thesis option requires a total of 30 credits including at least four courses of the general physics sequence, completion of a scholarly report, and the passing at the master's level of one section of the Ph.D. qualifying exam. 

 

The Department offers both thesis and non-thesis options in its Master of Science program. However, virtually all students are admitted directly to the Ph.D. program, and obtain a Master's naturally in the course of their Ph.D. studies. A student interested instead in a terminal Master's degree should consult with the physics department. The Departmental requirements for the non-thesis option include: a total of 30 credits excluding research credits; at least four courses of the general physics sequence; a paper as evidence of ability to organize and present a written scholarly report on contemporary research; and the passing at the master's level of one section of the Ph.D. qualifying exam. The thesis option's requirements include at least four courses of the general physics sequence, a graduate laboratory unless specially exempted, and the passing of an oral examination including a defense of thesis.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete the following:

1. Two courses (700 or 800 level) outside of specialization

2. Non-credit Foundations and Frontiers of Physics seminar

3. Two semesters of a physics seminar course

4. Pass the qualifying exam

5. Give a Preliminary Research presentation after passing the qualifying exam

6. Submit a scholarly paper

7. Twelve credits of PHYS 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research

8. Theory students only: take PHYS 624: Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3 credits) or PHYS 625: Non-relativistic Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)

 

The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in physics are set in general terms to allow the individual student as much freedom as possible to prepare a course of study suited to individual needs. These requirements are: competence in standard topics of graduate-level physics indicated by a satisfactory performance on a qualifying examination; attendance in a departmental research seminar; the giving of an oral Preliminary Research Presentation demonstrating the ability to organize and orally present a topic of current research interest in physics; a paper showing the student's ability to organize and present a written scholarly report on contemporary research prior to candidacy; advanced course study outside the student's field of specialization consisting of two advanced courses (six credits), at least one of which must be a physics course at the 700 level or above; PHYS 624 or 625 for students with theoretical theses; and research competence through active participation in at least two hours of seminar, 12 hours of thesis research, and the presentation and defense of an original dissertation.

 

Facilities and Special Resources

Current research in the Department spans an immense range of theoretical and experimental work on the forefront of knowledge, far too large to describe here. Details of current research in the various fields, faculty, and facilities involved can be found at the Departmental web site, http://umdphysics.umd.edu .

There are close academic ties with the Institute for Physical Science and Technology on the campus; members of the Institute supervise graduate research and also teach physics courses. Faculty members in the departments of Astronomy and Electrical & Computer Engineering also frequently direct thesis research.

The University of Maryland is located within the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C., where it enjoys the proximity of a large number of outstanding institutions, such as NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the Naval Research Laboratory, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, the Library of Congress, and other federal institutions. The Department works closely with certain research groups at some of these institutions, and a significant fraction of graduate students do their primary research at off-campus facilities, co-directed by a member of the graduate faculty in the Department. In order to facilitate graduate study in the Washington area, the Department of Physics also has adjunct professors from certain government laboratories.

Financial Assistance

The Department offers both teaching and research assistantships. Combined with fellowships in some cases, virtually all Ph.D. students have full financial support for the duration of their graduate studies. In a typical semester, approximately 50 teaching assistants and 160 research assistants work in the Department, while some others are supported by nearby government and industry facilities at which they are doing their research. Summer research stipends for advanced graduate students are customary, and a few summer teaching assistantships are available.

Contact Statement

A Graduate Student Guide is available at http://umdphysics.umd.edu/academics/graduate/grad-requirements.html. This guide describes the graduate program elements and covers the academic and procedural requirements for earning degrees.

Website

http://www.umdphysics.umd.edu

Contacts

Graduate Admissions

1120 Physics Building, Department of Physics

The University of Maryland, College Park

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-5982

grad@physics.umd.edu">grad@physics.umd.edu

 

Associated Information

Courses

PHYS

Keywords

Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics; AMO; Non-Linear Dynamics; Elementary Particle Theory; General Relativity; High Energy; Nuclear; Plasma; Quantum Electronics and Optics; Condensed Matter; Surface; Space Physics; Statistical Mechanics; Dynamical Systems and Accelerator Theory; Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics; Superconductivity.

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