Department of Physics

Physics Graduate Programs

Details of Physics graduate program and department overview can be found at www.physics.montana.edu

Direct links the physics graduate program and admissions process are given below.

Physics Graduate Program Overview

Physics Graduate Admissions & Application

Degrees Offered

M.S. Physics:  The Department of Physics grants the Master of Science Degree under two options: Plan-A (thesis required), and Plan-B (without thesis).
Ph.D. Physics: The Physics Ph.D. degree has an option to obtain an M.S. degree en route to a Ph.D.

Department Head

Yves Idzerda,  Ph.D
Professor, Department Head & Graduate Program Coordinator
EPS Room 264C, Bozeman MT, 59717-3840
406-994-7838

Research

Research programs in the Department of Physics are currently focused in several areas: optical science and laser technology, condensed matter physics, gravitational physics, astrophysics, solar physics, and science education. The MSU Gravity Group studies extreme astrophysical phenomena, such as the inspiral and merger of black holes and neutron stars, to further our understanding of astrophysics and fundamental physics.  Our programs in astrophysics and relativity are directed toward a fundamental understanding of the behavior of matter and energy on the astrophysical scale.  Our solar physics group studies phenomena such as solar flares and prominences associated with the star nearest us, the sun. Our research in the physics of lasers and condensed matter systems - such as magnetic and dielectric materials, semiconductor and metal surfaces and thin films, microwave photonic devices, laser materials and superconducting solids - enlarges the knowledge base on which future advances in technology are founded. Our research in science education aims to improve the understanding of how students can best learn science in the schools, colleges, and universities.  Faculty working with the most advanced techniques on current topics carry their research experience into the classrooms at all levels.

Our research groups foster interactions among the faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, research scientists, visiting scientists, and other departments and centers. Our research facilities at the Engineering and Physical Science (EPS) Building include state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. External collaborations bring national and international experts to the department and open opportunities for research to be conducted at other world-class laboratories around the globe. On-campus, interdisciplinary research include collaborations with the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and several research centers and institutes on campus including the Space Science and Engineering Laboratory (SSEL), the Imaging and Chemical Analysis Laboratory (ICAL), Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), the Optical Technology Center (OpTeC), and the Spectrum Lab and interdisciplinary academic programs, such as Material Science and Optics and Photonics undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Research collaborations with local industries are numerous and actively pursued.  For more information on each research program, look at the departmental Research and Programs page.

Application Deadline & Financial Assistance Information

Fall admission: June 1st of each year. New graduates are accepted for Fall term only. Applications received before January 1st will be acted upon and notification of admission given by March 15th. Applications received after January 1st will be treated individually on a "space-available" basis.

Most physics graduate students demonstrating satisfactory progress are awarded financial aid throughout their graduate program in the form of research and teaching assistantships, fellowships, health insurance, and tuition and fee waivers.