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We strive for a recognized level of national and international excellence in research and teaching in physics and to assure that students of African American descent and other underrepresented groups are given the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential in physics.
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Admission Requirements

Doctor Of Philosophy Degree

 

1. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in major course work is required. Each graduate department may have additional “special admission requirements” which are noted on this page. 

2. Completed on-line application

3. The non-refundable application fee (Waivers accepted for FAMU Feeder Program and McNair Scholars) 

4. Official transcripts must be submitted directly from the Registrar’s Office from ALL colleges and universities attended 

5. GRE Scores (Only official score reports are accepted within 5 years of the test date) www.gre.org 

6. Statement of Academic and Research Interest 

7. Autobiographical Sketch (Personal biography) 

8. Resume 

9. Three letters of recommendation  

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above you must meet the following: official transcripts, certificates and/or mark/grade sheets must be sent directly from the college or university to the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, and must show proof of degree(s) earned, courses taken and marks/grades received.

All transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (http://www.wes.org/) or by a current NACES member (https://www.naces.org/members). All GRE score reports must be submitted to Howard University (school code: 5297).

TOEFL Scores (Minimum computer-based score of 213 is required and only official score reports are accepted within 2 years of the test date) www.toefl.org

Statement of Financial Resources Form – A completed form that verifies proof of financial support (sufficient funds to cover expenses for one full year including summer months) and supporting financial documentation indicating sources of funds while attending Howard University (such as a certified bank statement dated within 3 months of registration).

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Required courses include:

  • PHYS-210/211 (Classical Mechanics I&II),
  • PHYS-214/215 (Electromagnetic Theory I&II),
  • PHYS-220/221 (Quantum Mechanics I&II) and
  • PHYS-222/223 (Statistical Mechanics I&II).

A minimum of 72 hours is required. The student is required to pass a qualifying examination.

Other advanced courses offered by the Department are strongly recommended. Students who have completed a Master of Science degree at another institution, prior to enrolling in the Howard University Ph. D. Physics program, should consult the Chairman of the Department concerning the transferability of courses. 

Students must make a grade of "B" or better in each of the core courses required in the program. The student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to satisfy graduation requirements. Students should consult the document "Rules and Regulations for the Pursuit of Academic Degrees" concerning grades below "B."

Further the Student should consult "Rules and Regulations for the Pursuit of Academic Degrees" concerning other general requirements for the Ph. D. Degree. Such requirements involve, but are not limited to, Residency, Transfer of Credits, Course Viability, Length of Time for Completion of Degree, Enrollment in Dissertation Courses, Grades for Dissertation Courses, Academic Status, Expositiry Writing Requirements, Foreign Language Requirements, and Admission to Candidacy for the Degree. 

Students should consult the Department and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) for other requirements not indicated in this document. Official information for degree requirements is given in the Graduate Bulletin and the publication "GSAS - Rules and Regulations for the Pursuit of Academic Degrees"

Admission to Candidacy

Admission to Candidacy for the Ph. D. Degree

Before being admitted to Candidacy for the Ph. D. Degree, the student must complete the core courses in the department with a grade of "B" or better, pass the Ph. D. Qualifying Examination described later in this document, and have a dissertation topic approved by the department. Other requirements are described in "Rules and Regulations for the Pursuit of Academic Degrees."

Residence Requirements

Students in the Ph.D. program are required to spend at least three semesters in full-time residence, two of which must be consecutive.

Master of Science Medical Physics Degree

Admission Requirements

1. Bachelor’s degree in Physics is preferrable. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in applied sciences, or engineering and associated discipline can apply if they have a minor in physics or at least 3 courses (9 credit hours) of physics courses or at undergraduate level. At college level, calculus-based mathematics, such as calculus, is also strongly recommended.
Applicants missing 9 credit hours of Physics course work may be admitted conditionally, where the missing course work needs to be completed within first two terms above and beyond the requirement of MS Medical Physics program.
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in major course work is required.
2. Completed on-line application
3. The non-refundable application fee (Waivers accepted for FAMU Feeder Program and McNair Scholars)
4. Official transcripts must be submitted directly from the Registrar’s Office from all colleges and universities attended
5. Statement of Academic and Research Interest and Career goals (1 page maximum)
6. An up-to-date Resume
7. Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from the last academic institution attended.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MS in MEDICAL PHYSICS

The Master of Science in Medical Physics degree is designed to provide graduate study opportunity to students who seek to pursue the a either a clinical profession or research focused academic career. Students should consult the document "Rules and Regulations for the Pursuit of Academic Degrees" concerning other general requirements for the Master of Science Degree. Such requirements involve, but are not limited to, Residency, Transfer of Credits, Course Viability, Length of Time for Completion of Degree, etc.

Courses:

PHYS 284 Medical Imaging Technology
PHYS 286 Radiological Physics & Dosimetry
PHSC-317 Structures & Functions in Therapeutics**
PHYS 278 General Seminar (Current Topics in Medical Physics)
PHYS 287 Radiation Therapy Physics
PHYS 291 Ethics and Professional Issues in Academia and Clinical Practice
PHYS 292 Health Physics and Radiation Safety
PHYS 290 Clinical Medical Physics Laboratory (Summer)
PHYS 285 Computational Physics
PHYS 293 Radiation Biology
PHYS 279 General Seminar (Technical Documents Review)
BIOL 430 Biostatistics**

The student will also enroll in graduate research course PHYS 299 for a minimum of 6 credit hours to do independent research on topic of current interest in medical physics and applied sciences. During each term a student will need a satisfactory report to advance to the next term. 

Medical Physics is interdisciplinary field, the graduate students will take two additional 3 credit hour each, graduate level courses as elective in other schools at Howard and/ at consortium of DC universities, as approved by the program director. 

Students must obtain a grade of "B" or better in each of these courses to complete the degree. Biostatistics and Structure and Functions in Therapeutics will be offered at other departments, they may be substituted with other similar courses subject to availability. The student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to satisfy graduation requirements. Students should consult the document "Rules and
Regulations for the Pursuit of Academic Degrees" concerning grades below "B."

RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS

Students in the program are required to spend at least five semesters in full-time residence.

Medical Physics Website

Caution to Prospective Students

The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."

 

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