Ph.D. On Campus


The University of Iowa

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Graduate study in physics and astronomy is highly individualized. The department at The University of Iowa does not offer a Ph.D. in astronomy, but students may pursue a Ph.D. in Physics with an astronomy subprogram and a dissertation in astronomy.


The Doctor of Philosophy program in Physics at The University of Iowa  requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. 

At least 39 s.h. must be earned at the University of Iowa to complete the residency requirement. For students interested in doing doctoral work in astronomy, the department offers an astronomy subprogram, including a dissertation, within the Ph.D. program in physics. All students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00.


  • Graduates have opportunities for employment in universities, colleges, and research laboratories in government and industry. 
  • Physics graduates have mastered skills that are readily transferable to a number of fields.
  • They might choose to work in engineering, software development, finance, or consulting.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Galactic Astronomy
  • Extragalactic Astronomy
  • The Interstellar Medium
  • Stellar Astrophysics
  • Radiative Processes in Astrophysics
  • High Energy Astrophysics

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  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited American college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.

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1187 - 1841 USD /month
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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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