Overview of the graduate program:
The Mission of the graduate program in the Department of Physics at UB is to provide students with an outstanding education that consists of comprehensive and rigorous course work, and intensive independent research experience. Our goal is to train our students so that they have the tools to pursue careers that involve education and/or original research.
Our main degree program is the Doctor of Philosophy program. This program is for students who aim at pursuing careers in higher education, scientific research, or industrial research. We also have a Master of Science program, which consists of three tracks: the thesis option, the project option, and the Qualifying Exam option. In addition, we offer an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Computational Science, and are part of the program leading to an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Professional Science Management. These certificates provide students with important skills and knowledge for professional development in and beyond the academic environment.
At present we have about 85 graduate students, most of whom are in the PhD program and most are supported. A PhD student generally takes courses during the first two years, then mostly focuses on research activities. For example, in the 2011-2012 academic year, more than 50 graduate students in the department contributed to 198 published papers. The average PhD time is about 6 years. The main research areas of the department include condensed matter experiment and theory, biophysics experiment and theory, particle physics experiment and theory, and theoretical cosmology.