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University of Pittsburgh

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Pittsburgh, PA

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Overview

University of Pittsburgh / Department of Physics and Astronomy is located in Pittsburgh, PA, in an urban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Physics
Master of Science (MS) Physics

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 8
Doctoral Degrees 14

Earning Your Degree

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

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Comp Exam Required
Thesis Optional
Comprehensive, thesis optional, 30 credits
Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required
Thesis Optional
Prelim, Comps, Candidacy, teaching, written and oral dissertation, 72 crs including min of 4 300

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

365
Applied
84
Accepted
27
Enrolled
23%

Applying

0
Application Fee - Domestic
50
Application Fee - International
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?
Yes
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 7th January 7th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0
Doctoral Degree Requirements A series of milestones are required. Preliminary Evaluation, Comprehensive Exam, Admission to Candidacy, Annual PhD Committee meetings, a total of 72 credits (includes several courses at the 3000-level), teaching requirement (refer to department's webpages for any changes pending in 2020), written and oral presentation of dissertation.

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL IBT score: 90
IELTS: Required

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Application deadlines for financial awards January 7
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

126
Total Graduate Students
61%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 5.56%
Black or African American 0.79%
White or Caucasian 28%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2.38%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0.79%
Unknown 0%

Gender

Male (70%)
Female (29%)

Faculty

37
Total faculty
Full-time - 37
Part-time - 0
Male (35)
Female (2)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Particle physics beyond the Standard Model Fundamental quantum systems and applications Extragalactic survey astronomy Patterns in collective bacterial processes Pedagogy and equity in physics education
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:
7,471,944

Location & Contact

Address 3941 O'Hara Street
Room 100 Allen Hall
Pittsburgh, PA  15260
United States
Contact Dr. Arthur Kosowsky PhD
Professor and Chair
Email: phyast-chair@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-6381
Fax: 412-624-9163

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