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Physics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #251 (WUR) , MA,
The Clark 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. 


Our 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.

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.

Graduate students in both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs are required to gain supervised teaching experience either as teaching assistants or teaching fellows in the department, or elsewhere if approved by the department.


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 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Classical Dynamics
  • Classical Electrodynamics
  • Research Apprenticeship
  • Quantum Mechanics – Part I
  • Quantum Mechanics – Part II
  • 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:

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    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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

In addition to the requirements of the Program of Liberal Studies and their major at Clark (indicated elsewhere in this catalog), students must meet the entrance requirements of the engineering school. These requirements, which are essentially the same for all schools, can be found on the Clark Web site. Detailed questions concerning individual schools can be discussed with committee members.

Tuition Fee

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    44050 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22025 USD per semester and a duration of 12 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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