Georgetown's Department of Physics offers a doctoral program and a master’s program. Doctoral students can choose between two tracks, depending on their interests and goals. The standard track offers a traditional, academia-focused Ph.D. experience, while Georgetown’s unique Industrial Leadership in Physics (ILP) track is designed to prepare students for scientific careers in industry.

Both tracks combine advanced coursework in physics and related fields with significant original research leading to the Ph.D. dissertation. Throughout the curriculum, teamwork and communication skills are emphasized. In the ILP track, students are also introduced to business fundamentals and have the opportunity to participate in a year-long apprenticeship at the site of an industrial partner. The apprenticeship provides students with real-world experience in an R&D environment, industrial mentors, and networking opportunities, all while meeting academic goals.

Dissertation research is the main focus of the Ph.D. degree. Research in the department falls mainly within condensed matter and materials physics, with experimental and theoretical efforts in hard and soft condensed matter, biological physics, micro and nano technologies, optics and imaging, statistical physics, and ultracold gases. As a relatively small department, we offer a collegial and supportive environment for learning and advancement, where faculty and students interact closely both in the classroom and in the research laboratory. The department and the university have invested in significant research infrastructure and facilities, including a microfabrication laboratory, the Institute for Soft Matter, and Regents Hall, a state-of-the-art building designed to promote interdisciplinary research and innovation in the sciences. In addition, many graduate students participate in collaborative work with researchers at other universities, government laboratories, and companies. Georgetown's proximity to national laboratories such as the Naval Research Laboratory and the National Institute for Standards and Technology, for example, provides many opportunities for our graduate students.

The MS degree in Physics involves advanced coursework in physics and related fields, along with a thesis option. Students typically take four semesters to complete the MS requirements.

Degrees Offered

M.S.
Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

M.S. Program

Fall 2018

January 1, 2018

Ph.D. Program

Fall 2018

January 1, 2018

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Please be sure to review the program's website for additional information on program application requirements. 

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcripts (all prior institutions)
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE Score
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (please see below)
  • CV / Resume

The statement of purpose should be typed and 1-2 pages in length. The statement should describe the applicant's background as it relates to the applicant's interest in the pursuit of graduate studies (academics, research and work experience, and/or community contributions), the applicant's academic and professional goals, and the applicant's ability and commitment to graduate studies at the time of application. If applicable, the statement of purpose should specifically address the applicant's interest in the Industrial Leadership in Physics program.  

Applicants interested in part-time study should contact the department. Applicants for admission to all degree curricula must meet the minimum qualifications of the Graduate School as described in the Graduate School Catalogue.

Official hard copy transcripts should be mailed to the following address: 

  • Office of Graduate Admissions
    Attn: Credentials - Physics Program
    Box 571004
    3520 Prospect Street, NW, CB-207
    Washington, DC 20057-1004

GRE - GRADUATE RECORD EXAM

Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the GRE Physics subtest are required for all applicants.  Georgetown University's reporting code is 5244. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE scores.  Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at:   http://www.gre.org/ttindex.html

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY:  TOEFL / IELTS

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE or TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Georgetown University's reporting code is 5244. TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.5 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org

Degree Requirements

The master's degree requires 30 credits (non-thesis track) or 27 credits (thesis track) of graduate courses in physics and related fields.

The Ph.D. program requires at least 34 credits of graduate coursework in physics and related fields. Students in the Industrial Leadership in Physics program choose business electives and additionally participate in a year-long apprenticeship at the site of an industrial partner chosen to match the interests of the student. All Ph.D. students must pass the Comprehensive and Qualifying Exams and successfully complete and defend a dissertation.