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Doctor of Philosophy in Physics



What will I learn?

Students prepare for research by taking courses appropriate for a Ph.D. degree, and most obtain a master's degree as a first step. Each student has two chances to pass the Qualifying Examination. The ultimate goal is to successfully conduct an original research project with the help of a faculty adviser. This research is then comprehensively written up as a thesis and defended in a final oral examination.

Requires a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree.

At least 36 hours in lecture courses at the 4000, 5000 or 6000-level. The following courses are required:

  • Physics 6101 Classical Mechanics
  • Physics 6111 Electrodynamics I
  • Physics 6201 Quantum Mechanics I
  • Physics 6301 Quantum Mechanics II
  • Physics 6211 Electrodynamics II
  • Physics 6311 Statistical Mechanics
  • Two other 5000-level math or physics lecture courses.

At least 24 hours in Physics 6099 Graduate Research during which the student will perform supervised scientific research, culminating in a written Ph.D. thesis that will be defended in an oral thesis defense.

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained for all graduate coursework. The student must pass a Ph.D. qualifying exam after completing the core course requirements for the MS degree (Physics 6101, 6111, 6201). Upon completion of all course work except research, the student must pass the Ph.D. comprehensive exam, which is designed to ensure the student’s ability to perform independent research.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts, Sciences, and Business

Study options

Full Time (72 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$23,520.00 per year
This fee is for 2021/22 and is subject to change
Application deadline

15 February 2023

Start date

17 January 2023


College of Arts, Sciences, and Business

118 Fulton Hall, 301 W. 14th Street,



65409, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

GPA of 3.5 is required.

For international students

3.5 GPA in a related undergraduate degree for direct admission to doctoral programs. 3.5 GPA in master’s-level studies for admission to doctoral programs. GRE SCORES: Quantitative Score of 158; Verbal + Quantitative Score of 305; Analytical Writing Score of 3.5. The following minimum scores are required for unconditional admission to Missouri S&T: TOEFL score of 79, IELTS score of 6.5, PTE score of 53.

Priority Application Deadlines: Fall Semester - Feb 15; Spring Semester - Sep. 15; Summer Semester - Nov 15.

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


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