Department of Physics

Mathematics and Science Center, Room 190
146 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309
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(248) 370-3416
Fax: (248) 370-3408

How to Apply
To apply for either the MS in Physics or Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences/Medical Physics program, please apply at the  Graduate Admissions website .

Graduate Assistantship 
The Department of Physics has a limited number of assistantships available for both M.S. and Ph.D. students.  If you are interested in being considered for an assistantship award, please print this assistantship application, complete it and submit it with your application materials to the Graduate Admissions office.

Graduate Programs


Program Descriptions and Requirements 

Graduate Catalog
Course Descriptions

Master of Science in Physics

Coordinator:  Gopalan Srinivasan

Description: The program leading to the Master of Science in physics degree consists of courses, research, seminar participation, and a final research report. Students receiving the degree will be prepared to work toward the Doctor of Philosophy in physics, to teach at the junior college level, or to work in industry.

The average candidate entering in the fall semester will usually require two academic years to complete the degree. A very well-prepared candidate should complete the required courses and research credits in three semesters. Each student's program will be adjusted to his/her interests and background.

Degree requirements: The Master of Science in physics degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 36 credits in an approved program of study.


Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences: Medical Physics

Coordinator:  Bradley Roth 

Description: The College of Arts and Sciences offers a Doctor of Philosophy in biomedical sciences degree with a specialization in medical physics that is centered in the Department of Physics.

Medical physicists are providing primary contributions to advances in biomedical diagnostic and therapeutic medicine. Laser surgery, ultrasonics, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging are examples of medical modalities developed and implemented by medical physicists. The medical physics specialization of the biomedical sciences doctoral program is designed for students who plan careers in research in industrial, hospital and academic settings. The curriculum is designed to prepare the student to engage in research in areas of physics applied to medicine. Ph.D. candidates may elect to do their dissertation research either with one of a number of Oakland University faculty currently involved in biomedical research or with one of the scientists in area hospitals that collaborate closely with the university. Among these are Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit; and William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. In addition to available Oakland University graduate assistantships, hospitals participating in this program may provide support for qualified students. Interested students should consult the program coordinator for details.

Degree Requirements: The Doctor of Philosophy in biomedical sciences: medical physics degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 80 credits in an approved program of study.

The basic requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in biomedical sciences: medical physics degree are completion of a unified program of formal coursework and independent research approved by the candidate's dissertation committee and the medical physics specialization committee.

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Computational Physics

Coordinator:   David Garfinkle 

Description:  The College of Arts and Sciences offers a physical sciences doctoral program in Applied and Computational Physics, at the Department of Physics. With a concentration in materials experimental research and computer modeling, this program will prepare graduates for industry and academic careers in areas related to various experimental and theoretical aspects of one of the largest fields in physics: Materials science. More generally, the curriculum prepares the students to engage in research in condensed matter physics, with materials research currently being the most technologically important area. This program emphasizes both practical, engineering applications (applied physics track) and theoretical and fundamental physical concepts (computational physics track). Ph.D. candidates may elect to do their dissertation with one of a number of Oakland University faculty currently involved in applied and computational physics research. In addition to available Oakland University graduate assistantships, many of the faculty in the Department may provide individual support for qualified students. Interested students should consult the program coordinator for details.

Degree Requirements: The Doctor of Philosophy in Applied and Computational Physics is awarded upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 80 credits in an approved program of study, successful completion of a qualifying examination, and successful completion of a dissertation.

A minimum of 80 credits beyond the bachelor's degree is required for the Ph.D. in Applied and Computational Physics program, including at least 30 credits of dissertation research. The total course requirement is 12 courses (46 credits) and a research seminar (2 credits), with a minimum of 8 core courses and 2 courses not directly related to the dissertation topic. There are 2 free electives.

The basic requirements for the Ph.D. in Applied and Computational Physics are completion of a program of formal course work and independent research approved by the candidate's dissertation committee and the Joint Committee on Applied and Computational Physics.