For admission to the Master of Science program in physics, applicants must have received a bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a major in any of the physical sciences, materials science, optics or electrical engineering and must have an overall GPA of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 system). Also, students with bachelor's degrees in optical science or optical engineering programs will be eligible for admission into graduate program with optics concentration and into graduate program with materials science concentration. Students with a degree in an area other than physics may be required to take prerequisite undergraduate physics courses.
The program is open for admission to students who satisfy the general criteria for admission to graduate-school and who also meet the departmental requirements for admission to the graduate program in the specialization of choice. The applicants with a B.S. in Physics must have an overall GPA of 3.30 (based on a 4.00 system) in the area of concentration and also must have a GRE score of 50 percent in the applicant's major area. These applicants, as well as applicants with master's degrees, must pass the various examinations described later. Graduates with a major in any of the physical sciences and a minor in physics, as well as graduates in electrical engineering, are eligible for conditional admission. Such students may be required to take additional graduate courses in physics to attain regular status. Students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English via the University's English Competency test for graduate students. A minimum score of 550 on the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION. Applicants who hold an M.S. Degree in the particular specialization, namely optics or materials science, will be granted provisional admission based on their performance at the master's level as evidenced by the corresponding transcripts and also based on letters of recommendation from the departmental faculty where they graduated. Such applicants also must have a minimum GPA of 3.30 (based on a 4.00 system) in the major area. Persons holding the M.S. in traditional physics or electrical engineering or chemistry may be eligible for admission subject to the condition given above in this paragraph. Those students may be required to complete some master's level courses. However, credit will be given only for courses which are in the list of required or optional courses for the specialization to which the applicant will be admitted.
The Department of Physics at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama invites applications to our graduate program from students seeking MS or Ph.D. degrees. Our research programs include experimental and theoretical research in materials science and optics/lasers. Some of the special areas are: crystal growth, semiconductors, surface modification, ion implantation, nonlinear optics, optical phase conjugation, fiber optics, integrated optics, optical hole burning, quantum optics, and real-time holography. The department has close collaboration with NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, Oak Ridge Nat. Lab., Lawrence Livermore Nat. Lab., and other national laboratories and industries. Qualified applicants will be considered for teaching and research fellowships/assistantships of $16K to $18K for Ph.D. and $10K to $12K for MS. Individuals interested in admission to the program should call or write to the
Department of Physics
Normal, AL 35762
(Tel: 256-372-5305, 372-8132; Fax: 256-372-5622)
For additional information please go to the Alabama A & M Office of Admissions Page.
Minority and women candidates are encouraged to apply.