Physics, PhD

College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description:

  • Concentrations: Astrophysics; Biomedical Physics

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Physics requires a minimum of 48 credit hours of graduate work exclusive of dissertation. These credit hours must include ASTR 537; PHYC *466, 505, 511, 521, 522; three seminars (PHYC 500 and/or 501), and four electives chosen from a list of courses specified on the Department’s Graduate Handbook. Details must be discussed with a graduate advisor each semester.

Under the terms of an agreement between the University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), candidates for a doctoral degree in Physics may conduct dissertation research at LANL. Certain conditions have been specified by LANL for the acceptance of students for research at Los Alamos, and each case is considered on an individual basis. 


Concentration in Astrophysics

The Ph.D. in Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics requires a minimum of 48 credit hours of graduate work exclusive of dissertation. These hours must include:

·  ASTR 536.

· ASTR 537.

· Three selected from: PHYC *466, PHYC 505, PHYC 511, PHYC 521.

· Four elective courses. Recommended: ASTR 526, ASTR 538, ASTR 539, PHYC 581 (when the topic is Cosmology or High Energy Astrophysics).

Details must be discussed with a graduate advisor each semester.



Admission Requirements:

Application Deadlines

International students and students who are seeking financial aid must submit materials no later than:

Fall semester:January 15
Spring semester:  August 1


Deadlines for domestic students who are not seeking financial aid are:

Fall semester:June 1
Spring semester:October 1


Please visit the Physics and Astronomy Department Web site for additional information, specific admission criteria, application forms and directions.



Contact Information:

Sally C. Seidel: Chair, Graduate Committee
(505) 277-2087
seidel@phys.unm.edu