Graduate Program

Through quantitative coursework, cutting-edge research, and a supportive community, the Boston College Physics Department is training next-generation scientists with flexible minds to disentangle today’s complex challenges.

Every year, the Boston College Department of Physics welcomes approximately ten new students into its graduate program. They pursue Ph.D. and Masters degrees in various theoretical and experimental research programs including:

BC graduates have gone on to successful careers in a broad range of fields. Our graduates include faculty at R1 research institutions, senior scientists in industry and national labs, and founders of technology start-ups. Please find a partial list of our recent alumni.

The unique environment of the BC Physics department is focused on a highly collaborative approach, with students forming a vital part of the community. While working with BC physics faculty, students have access to state-of-the-art facilities both on campus and worldwide. Moreover, students often work in integrated science teams with faculty from Chemistry, Biology, Neuroscience, or neighboring institutions.
All students in good standing are fully supported financially, with opportunities to start research as early as the summer preceding their first year. Students in good standing receive full financial support in the form of teaching assistantships and research assistantships, health insurance as well as tuition remission, which covers the full cost of tuition

By the Numbers


Fellows of the American Physical Society


New faculty hires since 2015


Average size of graduate courses


Ph.D. candidates supported in research