Graduate Programs

Explore Our Graduate Programs

The Department of Physics prepares graduate students to contribute to the field through research and teaching or for careers in applied physics. Our graduate program provides students with a unique, interdisciplinary approach to research, teaching, and learning.


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Master’s Degree in Physics

Students who are interested in teaching careers or further graduate study can pursue an Academic Master’s Degree, which requires one to two years to complete. Those who intend to work as physicists in industry or government labs can pursue an Applied Physics Master’s Degree, available through the Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program.


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Doctorate Degree in Physics

Doctoral students in the Department of Physics pursue a PhD in close collaboration with research faculty leading investigations in a wide range of experimental and theoretical research areas, such as:

  • Astronomy and astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Data science
  • Gravitational wave detection
  • High energy physics
  • Ion trapping
  • Neuroscience
  • Atomic, molecular and optical physics
  • Quantum information science
  • Solid-state physics

PhD Requirements 


Katelin Donaldson

Research Across Disciplines

“Since starting my PhD at the UO, I have explored a diverse range of research areas. When I entered the program, I wasn’t sure exactly what path I wanted to take, but the focus on interdisciplinary research at UO made it easy for me to explore every option. I began researching space physics, working with both the physics and Earth sciences departments. Now I’m doing what I enjoy with the support I need to achieve my research goals.”

—Katelin Donaldson, PhD student


Funding Your Graduate Studies

Graduate students beyond their second year are typically funded from their advisor’s external research grants, internal research funds, or other funds from their advisor. Graduate students are also encouraged to seek research fellowships.

Funding and Research Support


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Prepare for the Professional World

Many of our graduate students intend to become college teachers, while others choose to pursue careers as physicists in industry or government labs. We offer a number of resources to help students prepare for their career of choice and network with peers in the Department of Physics.


Events

¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group
Apr25
¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group Apr 25 Carson Hall, Ramey Room
Speaker Event, Steven Adams
Apr25
Speaker Event, Steven Adams Apr 25 Knight Browsing Room
Steven Adams- Finding Opportunity in Unlikely Places: How to Kickstart Your Career in the Entertainment Business
Apr25
Steven Adams- Finding Opportunity in Unlikely Places: How to Kickstart Your Career in the Entertainment Business Apr 25 Knight Library
Kuponya: Centering Black Healing
Apr26
Kuponya: Centering Black Healing Apr 26
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom
Apr26
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom Apr 26 Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence
Organic/Inorganic/Materials Chemistry Seminar
Apr26
Organic/Inorganic/Materials Chemistry Seminar Apr 26 Willamette Hall
Three Novels of Education: "Adam Bede," "Great Expectations," and "If Beale Street Could Talk"
Apr27
Three Novels of Education: "Adam Bede," "Great Expectations," and "If Beale Street Could Talk" Apr 27 Baker Downtown Center
Oregon Center for Electrochemistry Workshop
Apr29
Oregon Center for Electrochemistry Workshop Apr 29 Allen Hall
Film Series: Mafias and Narcotraffic
Apr29
Film Series: Mafias and Narcotraffic Apr 29 Global Scholars Hall
Black CommUnity Table
May1
Black CommUnity Table May 1 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center