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Physics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #531 (QS) , MA,
The Clark University graduate program in Physics differs from most other physics graduate programs in the United States because our size and style encourage graduate students to become involved in research as early as their first semester. As a result, most students make an early transition from classroom work to the more active learning processes involved in doing research. 


The formal courses are used to develop competency in the core areas of physics and to help the faculty evaluate student proficiency in formal classwork. Instead of a written qualifying examination, we rely on a series of oral examinations to encourage the development of the students' intuition and ability to think simply. As a result of our emphasis on early research participation and our style of teaching and evaluation, many students who might not do well in a bigger graduate program find that they thrive in our supportive environment.

Program Emphasis

The emphasis of our graduate program is on condensed matter physics. Our faculty has active research interests ranging from organic superconductivity, novel magnetic materials, theoretical biological physics to granular matter and statistical mechanics and computer simulations. Other research interests include polymer physics and nuclear physics. The Department has six faculty members, approximately twelve graduate students, and a ever changing number of undergraduate majors.


Clark University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Classical Dynamics
  • Classical Electrodynamics
  • Research Apprenticeship
  • Quantum Mechanics 
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Advanced Electronics Laboratory
  • Advanced Seminar in Physics
  • Research Seminar
  • Advanced Computer Simulation Laboratory
  • Technology of Renewable Energy
  • Advanced Physics of Biomolecular Networks
  • Fluid Mechanics and Applications
  • Information Theory, Inference, and Networks
  • Colloquium
  • Research

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Application Requirements

  • Application fee (nonrefundable): $75
  • Personal statement 
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • All academic transcripts
  • TOEFL  or IELTS scores are required for all international applicants

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46850 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    46850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46850 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    46850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46850 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Worcester

  • 1100 - 1620 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Clark rewards strong applicants with generous merit-based scholarships, equal to 25% to 100% of tuition, and assistantships, where students work with faculty or professional staff on special projects while earning a stipend that helps fund their education.

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