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What will I learn?

The Ph.D. degree in Physics provides training of professionals to conduct independently conceived programs of research or teaching in universities or research laboratories. Original research is required in fundamental or applied areas of physics, and the Ph.D. dissertation must be orally defended. Two years of graduate coursework, plus four years of research are typical.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of these programs will be able to:

Demonstrate cognitive skills important to a physicist, including the following:

  • Think critically and analytically
  • Define and solve problems in physics
  • Perform research in contemporary areas of physics research at the highest level and with a great deal of independence

Demonstrate a core knowledge and understanding of the foundations of physics.

Communicate and teach results of their work to peers, to various target groups within the physics community and to people outside the discipline.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum Total Credit Hours for Post-Baccalaureate Students: 90; Minimum Total Credit Hours for Post-Master's Students: 60)

Tuition fees
US$19,088.00 per year
Start date

17 January 2023


Kent State University

800 E. Summit Street,



44242, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student must have a master's degree from an accredited college or university. Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale.

For international students

Student must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university. Minimum 3.000 GPA on a 4.000 point scale. Applicants must obtain a minimum score of TOEFL Paper Based Test is 550 (79 on the Internet based version), the minimum score of MELAB is 77 or IELTS minimum score of 6.5 and the minimum score of PTE academic is 58.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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