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Portland State University

Department of Physics

Portland, OR

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Overview

Portland State University / Department of Physics is located in Portland, OR, in an urban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS) Physics
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Applied physics
Master of Arts (MA) Physics

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 5
Doctoral Degrees 2

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Alternate accepted
3 options for physics M.S. degree: thesis, project, or internship
Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

32
Applied
10
Accepted
5
Enrolled
31%

Applying

65
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Master's Degree Requirements Statement of purpose, minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper-division course work or 2.75 overall, 3 letters of recommendation

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 90

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

35
Total Graduate Students
14%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 8.57%
Black or African American 0%
White or Caucasian 65%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2.86%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2.86%
Unknown 5.71%

Gender

Male (80%)
Female (20%)

Faculty

19
Total faculty
Full-time - 15
Part-time - 4
Male (14)
Female (5)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Statistical physics, membrane biophysics, low-temperature physics, electron microscopy, atmospheric physics
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:
350,912

Location & Contact

Address PO Box 751
Portland, OR  97207-0751
United States
Contact Dr. Drake Mitchell
Chair
Email: drakem@pdx.edu
Phone: 503-725-2272
Fax: 503-725-2815

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