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Welcome to the Department of Physics at Auburn University. We take pride in our long tradition of fostering a collegial, collaborative, and supportive academic environment, with departmental faculty, staff, and administration strongly committed to excellence in graduate education and research.

With more than 20 full-time faculty members, approximately 50 graduate students, and approximately 60 undergraduate physics majors, each student in the department receives the sort of individual attention that is usually only available at much smaller universities. Meanwhile, the department maintains a variety of vibrant research groups, currently clustered in four major areas: 1) plasma physics including magnetic fusion and dusty plasmas, 2) condensed matter physics with an emphasis on semiconductors, novel low-dimensional materials and electronic devices, 3) Atomic/Molecular/Optics (AMO) physics on properties of atoms, molecules, and ions, and their interactions between ultra-fast laser, and 4) space physics exploring the Earth’s magnetosphere. In recent years, the department has added millions of dollars in state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and computational facilities. As a graduate student, you will have an opportunity to choose among a wide range of research projects to pursue your graduate degree, and you will be able to collaborate with teams of fellow graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty members, both on campus and across the globe.

The Graduate School Bulletin ( describes the rules that applied to all graduate students at Auburn University. Within these pages you will also find the requirements that distinguish the graduate programs in physics and a guideline of a normal path toward a Master of Science (M.S) degree and/or a Doctoral of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree from the Department of Physics.  To serve our graduate students with diverse academic and personal backgrounds, exceptions to nearly all of these guidelines are possible. All the requests for exceptions should be made directly to Department Chair, who will consult with the Graduate Committee and individual faculty members as needed. It is also important to emphasize that such exception requests are approved only in rare cases.

Last Updated: 10/18/2017