The Engineering Physics degree at Virginia differs from most Engineering Physics or Applied Physics Degrees. Courses are taken from the appropriate departments with about half the courses in physics and half in an area of engineering and applied science.
Master's of Science Degree
The Master’s of Science Degree in Engineering Physics requires a total of eight graduate courses including a minimum of two graduate courses in physics, two graduate courses in engineering, and one graduate course in mathematics. In addition, six credits of MS research and a Master’s Thesis is required. The Master’s of Engineering (ME) Degree requires 10 graduate courses including a minimum of two graduate courses in physics, two graduate courses in engineering, one graduate course in mathematics, and one course in engineering design.
The Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Engineering Physics requires a minimum of ten graduate courses including a minimum of four graduate courses in physics, four graduate courses in engineering, and two graduate courses in mathematics. In addition, the Ph.D. student must successfully pass the Ph.D. qualifying examination and publicly defend the Ph.D. thesis. The Engineering Physics Program is intended to be flexible, offering students the opportunity to formulate a program of study that closely supports their research activity.
After completing six (6) courses (3 in physics and 3 in SEAS with a B average or better in each
group), the student can petition the EP Program for a comprehensive Exam comprised of a
written and an oral part. The written part will cover two focus areas selected by the student (one
in Physics and one in SEAS). A focus area is defined by two thematically connected courses as
approved by the advisor and the EP Program Coordinators. Two sets of questions – one set from
each area – must be answered in a 4 hour period. The written portion will be followed after about
two weeks by an oral exam covering the selected focus areas including the material addressed in
the written exam. The Examining Committee will be comprised of three professors – at least one
from Physics and one from SEAS – related to the selected focus areas. All areas chosen by the
student must be connected to upper level graduate courses. After passing the Comprehensive
Examination the student may present a thesis proposal during the following semester.
The guidelines stated above refer to students entering the program with B.S. degree.
Students entering the Engineering Physics Ph.D. Program with an M.S. degree in science or
engineering are required to complete four (4) graduate level courses (2 in physics and 2 in SEAS
with a B average or better in each group) prior to the comprehensive exam. The student can then
petition the EP Program for a comprehensive exam comprised of a written and an oral part. The
two (2) required physics courses, which comprise the physics section of the exam, must be from
the traditional physics course combinations:
PHYS 5210 - Theoretical Mechanics I /PHYS 8310 - Statistical Mechanics ,
OR PHYS 7420 - Electricity and Magnetism I / PHYS 7430 - Electricity and Magnetism II,
OR PHYS 7610 - Quantum Theory I / /PHYS 7620 - Quantum Theory II