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|About||Our department offers students the opportunity to learn from and do original research with world-renowned faculty - from particle physics to astronomy to biophysics - all while remaining small enough to provide a friendly, welcoming environment.|
We invite prospective students to click on the Learn More button to explore our website and learn more about our degree programs and our department’s wealth of exciting research opportunities. We are always glad to hear from students and invite you to visit if you are able. Vanderbilt is located in the mid-town section of Nashville, Tennessee -- a vibrant and growing city known for good reason as the “Athens of the South.” A visit is certainly the best way to experience Nashville’s vitality, our department’s welcoming spirit, and our faculty’s state-of-the-art research programs.
We also invite you to apply to join our program. We are looking for motivated students who want to explore the universe on any scale. Our students publish articles in top journals, attend national and international scientific conferences, and find careers in industry, academia and government laboratories. We hope you’ll consider joining us for the next step on your educational journey.
For graduate students, we offer programs leading to MS degrees in Health Physics and PhD degrees in Physics or Astrophysics (an MS in Physics or Astrophysics can also be earned in route to the PhD). Graduate admissions are highly selective, but admitted PhD students are offered 5-year packages of support with full tuition waivers, health insurance coverage and competitive stipends. We also pay for admitted domestic students to visit campus before accepting our offer to get a firsthand glimpse of the Vanderbilt experience.
For undergraduate students, we offer a unified major in physics with opportunities to tailor the curriculum to do Honors research and/or to emphasize professional preparation, astrophysics, applied physics, or medical physics. We also offer minors in both physics and astronomy.