The Ph.D. program in Applied Physics, initiated in 1965, is typically 36 months in length (beyond the M.S. degree) with a total of 36 to 60 credit hours plus dissertation. The program is under the supervision of the Department of Engineering Physics with specializations available in lasers, optics and optical systems, optical processing, remote sensing and signature analysis, semiconductor physics and devices, photonics, plasma physics and processing, and chemical physics.
A program of study is largely determined by the areas and depth of knowledge required by the student in order to adequately carry out the research in his or her chosen specialization. Program content and length are embodied in the student's "approved program" and reflect departmental guidelines, as well as the school's doctoral degree requirements.
Degree Required: A Master’s degree in a Physical Science or Engineering
GPA Required: 3.50 (MS); 3.00 (BS)
Test Required: GRE - 156V/151Q (within the last five years)
USAF Education Codes: 8HYY, Physics, General; 8HCY, Atomic and Molecular Physics; 8HEY, Electromagnetism; 8HFY, Electronics; 8HHY, Engineering Physics; 8HKY, Nuclear Effects Physics; 8HLY, Nuclear Physics; 8HMY, Optics; 8HMJ, Lasers; 8HNY, Physics of Fluids (Plasmas); 8HOY, Solid State Physics; 8HFG, Physics, Semiconductor Devices; 8HMA, Physics, Atmosphere and Space Optics; 8HMH, Physics, Infrared, Incompressible Fluid Dynamics; 8HNJ, Plasma Physics; 8FDA, Aeronomy; 8FDD, Ionospheric Environment
Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply.
Degree Type: Doctoral
Delivery Method: In-Residence