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Ph.D in physics at MIT

  1. Oct 23, 2009 #1
    If someone wants to go for a Ph.D program for physics at MIT, then what are the general requirements? And, how long does it take, and how much does it cost?
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  3. Oct 23, 2009 #2


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    The general requirements for applying for a PhD in physics include a bachelors degree in physics from another college or university, general GRE scores, physics GRE scores, filling in the application, letters of recommendation, and research experience. While research experience isn't explicitly required, it will definitely be expected of applicants to top PhD programs - many people applying will already have publications and research experience they can point to. And of course, a high GPA and high test scores. A PhD in physics takes an average of 6.5 years to earn, so expect between 4 and 8 years of graduate school (it depends on a lot of things, including you, your motivation, your project, and your adviser). You should be able to get a teaching or research assistantship for grad school, in which case they'll pay your tuition and pay YOU a stipend in return for teaching or doing research for them.
  4. Oct 23, 2009 #3
    Okay, thanks for the helpful reply!
  5. Oct 23, 2009 #4
    One other thing about physics at MIT is that the physics department is divided into several divisions and whether you are accepted or not depends a lot on which division you are applying to since some divisions tend to be over applied and some under-applied. Also the physics GRE is important, but the general GRE schools are not.

    When looking at which physics school to apply do, it's important to look less at the name of the school than at the research that is being done at that school and the names and reputations of the professors who will be your dissertation advisors.
  6. Oct 23, 2009 #5
    Thanks for the reply! But what is GRE thing? I would appreciate for explanation!
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  8. Oct 23, 2009 #7
    Okay, thanks!
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