Assistant Prof. Eric Dahl discusses a bubble chamber prototype with a prospective graduate student.

Graduate Study

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers three advanced degrees:

  • The Ph.D. Programs include a thorough academic training based on a core curriculum and a set of electives, followed by original research work in either Physics or Astronomy.
  • The Applied Physics Ph.D. program joins the McCormick School of Engineering and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences to offer research opportunities from the departments of Physics & Astronomy, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and Materials Science & Engineering.
  • The Master's Program provides students with an extensive education in physics.

Chair of Physics Ph.D. Admissions
Professor Venkat Chandrasekhar
Phone number: 847-491-3444
Office: Technological Institute F125

Chair of Astronomy Ph.D. Admissions
Professor Giles Novak
Phone number: 847-491-8645
Office: Technological Institute F253

Director of Physics Ph.D. Studies
Professor Brian Odom
Phone number: 847-467-5452
Office: Technological Institute F411

Director of Astronomy Ph.D. Studies
Professor Fred Rasio
Phone number: 847-491-7904
Office: Technological Institute F213

Director of the Master's Program and Master's Admissions
Professor Melville Ulmer
Phone number: 847-491-5633
Office: Dearborn 3B

Director of Applied Physics Ph.D. Program
Professor James Sauls
Phone number: 847-491-8624
Office: Technological Institute F331

Director of Graduate Studies, Applied Physics
Professor Jens Koch
Phone number: 847-467-2583
Office: Technological Institute F332