The Ph.D. program in the graduate field of Applied Physics (AP) provides students with mastery of a broad knowledge base in applied physics, as well as advanced research focuses that prepare them for successful research-driven careers in academia, government or industry.


As a nationally and internationally recognized Ph.D. program, NJIT’s Applied Physics Ph.D. program prepares Ph.D. candidates with practical skills and theoretical knowledge for a successful career in academic or government organizations and private industry. Students will prepare for passing their written qualifier exams, as well as gain the theoretical and experimental background needed for their research, which they will orally present and defend as part of their Ph.D. thesis. Throughout their study as a Ph.D. candidate, students will exhibit the following:

  • Academic Excellence: Students will demonstrate compressive knowledge in their area of concentrations, formulate advanced research questions independently and propose methods of investigation to research currently unsolved problems.
  • Real-World Research Experience: Students will gain expertise and demonstrate a broad knowledge of their field, its tools, and techniques, and use this to develop new knowledge using ethical standards of conduct.
  • Professional Communication and Collaboration: Students will develop top-level communication skills to collaborate and speak effectively about scientific topics, issues, and research at national and international meetings.

Learning outcomes

Upon graduation all Ph.D. students in Applied Physics should be able to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Formulate advanced research questions independently and propose methods of investigation, including the design of experiments to investigate currently unsolved problems.
  • Demonstrate and apply comprehensive knowledge in the area of concentration to identify, find, evaluate, articulate and use scientific information at a high level of proficiency.
  • Apply quantitative methods to describe and analyze phenomena.
  • Publish at least one scientific article as the first author in peer-reviewed journals in the area of concentration.
  • Present at least one professional talk at the National or International Conference in the area of concentration.
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of the field, its tools, and techniques to develop new knowledge.
  • Identify, find, evaluate, articulate and use scientific information associated with their field.
  • Interact with other professional and student researchers in a skilled, cooperative fashion to discuss issues and solve scientific problems at a high level of proficiency.
  • Conduct research and develop relationships using ethical, professional standards of conduct.
  • Recognize and discuss the social and ethical implications of the conduct of research and its technological application to human problems.
  • Demonstrate ethical conduct in performing and reporting on scientific research.
  • Effectively interpret in writing, scientific information gathered through laboratory and library research.
  • Speak effectively about scientific topics, issues, and problems in informal and formal contexts at a level expected at national and international meetings.

Qualifying Examination and Research Examination

The student must pass a written qualifying examination and oral research examination. The written qualifying examination is administered yearly to test general academic preparation and competence for research in applied physics. Within one year after passing the written qualifying examination, the student is required to pass the oral qualifying examination to achieve Ph.D. candidacy, in which the prospective Ph.D. candidate presents a preliminary research proposal for approval by the dissertation committee. The student will be allowed two attempts to pass the written or oral qualifying examination.

Dissertation and Defense

An oral presentation and defense of the doctoral dissertation is required. A five-member committee, chaired by the dissertation advisor, must approve the content and presentation of the dissertation research.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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