Physics and Astronomy

Dartmouth College

Master On Campus
12 months
57796 USD/year
57796 USD/year
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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College offers a unique graduate program leading to the PhD degree. Here the world-class Dartmouth faculty-among the top researchers in the world in the targeted subjects of quantum and condensed matter physics, plasma and fluids, space physics, and astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology-work side-by-side with students.


The Physics and Astronomy Department at Dartmouth College is dedicated to providing graduate students with both a broad background and in-depth training in their field of study. The graduate curriculum includes rigorous core coursework, coupled with an intense program of specialization through close interaction with faculty, advisors and mentors.

Learning outcomes

As the smallest of the Ivy League institutions, Dartmouth maintains a tradition of close student-faculty interaction, a tradition which is also followed in the Physics and Astronomy graduate program. The graduate program admits eight to ten new PhD students per year, with a total enrollment of approximately 50 students. The department has seventeen full-time faculty members and twelve research and adjunct faculty. In addition, there are typically ten postdoctoral research associates and visiting faculty in the department at a given time.

The best way for students to get involved in research is to directly contact the faculty member whose research most interests them. Come find out about the experimental physics labs, state-of-the-art computing facilities, and access to telescopes and astronomical observatories.

At Dartmouth, students not only push the frontiers of knowledge, they can break boundaries through interdisciplinary research with affiliated faculty in engineering physics at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering and biomedical physics at the Dartmouth Medical School.

Students also participate in the educational directives of the department as teaching assistants. All incoming graduate students receive interactive training in how to teach, how to run a course, and how to be a mentor.

The life of the department centers around an active colloquium program and seminar series, featuring speakers from top universities and research centers. Seminar series in quantum and condensed matter physics, space and plasma physics, and astrophysics and cosmology augment the weekly meetings and journal clubs held by individual research groups. And a weekly tea- and coffee-time brings the department together socially.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mathematical Methods For Physicists
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Statistical Mechanics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • International students' applications to Dartmouth are evaluated in the same manner as all other applications: the Dartmouth Admissions Committee uses a holistic and individualized review process to make sure we appreciate each candidacy in its entirety. As such, our evaluation goes beyond courses, grades, and test scores. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57796 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57796 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    57796 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57796 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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