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Program Details

The Doctor of Philosophy degree offered from Michigan State University is available to those who meet certain qualifications. After successfully completing this program, students will have shown their original contribution within the scientific field and proven their academic ability in this area. In order to apply to this program, students must have completed the requirements for both the university and the College of Natural Science. In addition, students should have finished physics and math courses that correspond to those required for an undergraduate major in physics with at least a 3.0 average GPA.

While in this program, a grade of 4.0 must be acquired on the qualifying exam based on physics courses taken in the first year of graduate school. These physics courses include classical mechanics, electrodynamics, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics. Students must also complete one half-semester of teaching as well as present a dissertation based on the results of an original lab or theoretical investigation. If students do not have a master’s degree while applying to this program, they may still be admitted if they have 30 semester credit hours of approved work.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained while in this program.


Students must have completed physics and mathematics courses equivalent to those that are required for an undergraduate major in physics with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools