SMU Physics is dedicated to excellence in graduate education for small numbers of students with an emphasis on high-energy particle physics. Please see our department brochure for more information about our program. You can learn more about the successes of our graduate students after earning their degrees from our Alumni Page.
SMU graduate students have the opportunity to work in a wide range of programs at the forefront of research in experimental and theoretical high-energy particle physics.
Applications for admission to our graduate program
must include the following to receive consideration:
Information and application material are available from:
Research & Graduate Studies
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX 75275 (USA)
Students in the Ph.D. program benefit from small classes, accessible faculty and research
staff, and a wide range of opportunities for research in experimental and theoretical high-energy
research programs. Many students begin research projects during their
first year. All students in good standing receive teaching or research stipends
during the academic year, along with tuition waivers. Summer support is also available. Excellent
students are also eligible for the Lightner-Sams Graduate Fellowship.
Students typically receive support for work as teaching assistants during their first two years, and, after successful completion of the Ph.D. qualifying exam, research support until completion of their thesis and degree.
The graduate courses are described in the SMU Graduate Student Course Catalog (2013-2015) (Link to the e-Book version of the catalog). All formal course information is available in the Dedman College/Physics section of the book.
The core course plan for graduate students is provided in the Physics Graduate Handbook, as well as suggestions for other courses needed to fulfill our program's requirements for credit-hours.
The emphasis of our graduate program is on the Ph.D. degree, and we generally only accept students for that program. However, students may earn an M.S. degree, either in the course of their Ph.D. program or to pursue other options. The requirements for our Master's Degree program are provided in the Physics Graduate Handbook.