Degree Requirements

The graduate program in physics at the College of William & Mary rests on three pillars: coursework, teaching, and research.

Coursework: All candidates for graduate degrees must successfully complete a program of core plus elective courses that is approved by the department.

Teaching: Teaching is an integral part of the educational process for those who seek an advanced degree. Degree candidates will be assigned teaching duties for at least two semesters

Research: The Department carries out experimental and theoretical research in many subfields, and the results are communicated in refereed journals, in conferences and seminars, and in books. Graduate students learn to conduct original scientific research in physics.

Graduate students are also expected to participate in the Department's public service efforts.

Students applying with an undergraduate degree must satisfactorily complete the M.S. requirements before working towards the Ph.D. We do not admit students who are seeking a terminal Master's degree, though one may be awarded if a student must leave the program after completing all requirements for the M.S.