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Graduate Programs

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Graduate Overview
The Department of Physics offers accredited M.S. and Ph.D. programs that provide a sound background in classical and modern physics, and guidance and experience in research.  The department offers close personal association between graduate students and staff, giving special attention to the needs of the individual. Diverse faculty research interests present students with a variety of research possibilities, funded both by federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, and private sources.

M.S. Degree
Students entering with a B.S. degree are required to complete at least 30 hours of course and seminar-work. Typically, this would consist of graduate courses taken during the academic year, along with seminars, and credits of thesis work.

Ph.D. Degree
A minimum of 90 credit hours are required for the Ph.D. This corresponds to a minimum of three academic years of full-time study, of which two must be in residence at Clarkson. The M.S. degree may be accepted in lieu of a maximum of 30 credit hours.

Graduate Courses
A comprehensive list of the core Graduate courses that the Physics Department offers.

Research Areas
There are various areas within a Physics M.S. or Ph.D. to focus course work on.

Comprehensive Exam
The examination consists of two parts, each part four hours long, given during the first two weeks of the Spring semester.

Financial Assistance
Average assistance and stipends for the current and next year.

Apply Now
Download the latest Graduate School application for a M.S. or Ph.D. in Physics.

Useful Links
Useful links to physics site and documentation.

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Well prepared students may find it possible to complete the requirements for the master's degree in Physics in an academic year plus a summer, however, most students take up to two years to complete. 

Active research interests in the department include: chemical physics, reation kinetics, nonlinear phenomena, dynamics of noise-driven systems, quantum computing, nonlinear optics, solid state physics, transport properties, effects of disorder, statistical mechanics, phase transitions, scaling, finite size effects, percolation, self-avoiding walks, surface and interface physics, Monte Carlo techniques for ion-surface scattering, optics, atomic and molecular physics, and biophysics, atomic force microscopy, and self assembly of nanomaterials.

Department of Physics
Barbara Pichette
273 Science Center
PO Box 5820
Potsdam, NY 13699-5820

Phone: 315-268-2396
Fax: 315-268-7754