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University of Southern California

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Los Angeles, CA

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University of Southern California

Overview

University of Southern California / Department of Physics and Astronomy is located in Los Angeles, CA, in an urban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

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

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Doctoral Degrees 9

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 Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required for some
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test, GRE Subject Test (physics)
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

118
Applied
24
Accepted
15
Enrolled
20%

Applying

85
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test, GRE Subject Test (physics)
Doctoral Degree Requirements 3 letters of recommendation, statement of purpose

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 80

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Application deadlines for financial awards December 1
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships

Student Body

69
Total Graduate Students
65%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 4.35%
Black or African American 0%
White or Caucasian 15%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 7.25%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1.45%
Unknown 5.8%

Gender

Male (82%)
Female (17%)

Faculty

25
Total faculty
Full-time - 25
Part-time - 0
Male (23)
Female (2)

Research

Focus of faculty research: High-energy particle theory, condensed matter physics, astrophysics, solar and cosmology, biophysics, computational physics
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:
4,000,000

Location & Contact

Address University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA  90089
United States
Contact Dr. Werner Dappen
Chair
Email: physics@college.usc.edu
Phone: 213-740-0848
Fax: 213-740-8094

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