Graduate students explore physics through small, lab-based classes and unique research and mentoring opportunities. Many of our students start working on their research projects in US government labs prior to their PhD degree. Having NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Space Telescope Science Institute, Jefferson Lab, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Maryland within a close proximity provides multiple opportunities for collaboration and networking. Our master’s and doctoral students collaborate with labs in Germany and Switzerland, presented at conferences around the world and won awards for their efforts at GW Research Days. Thanks to the unique Consortium of Universities of the Washington Meetropolitan Area, our program students can also take courses at University of Maryland and other universities in DC area.
At present, we have more than 40 students in our graduate program with approximate 2/1 student-to-faculty ratio. Physics students actively participate in conferences organized at GW. This allows us to create a personal atmosphere where the faculty knows each student and can accommodate special needs and interests on an individual basis. A typical length of study toward a Ph.D. degree is 5-6 years while for M.S. degree it is 2-3 years. In order to provide as broad an education to our students as possible, we have created programs where a physics student can combine Ph.D. in physics with certificates in High Performance Computing and Data Science. After graduation, many students pursue doctoral and postdoctoral programs at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, while others secure lucrative research positions as analysts and data scientists at companies like Facebook and IBM. The MS and PhD programs in physics are U.S. Department of Homeland Security STEM-designated degree programs.
More detaiils about our graduate program, research areas, and admission rquirements are available in this PDF document. You can also contact the Physics Graduate Admissions Coordinator at [email protected].