PhD/MS –  Howard University

Brief Description

The mission of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Howard University is to strive for a recognized level of national and international excellence in research and teaching in physics and to assure that students of African American descent and other underrepresented groups are given the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential in physics.

The goals of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the graduate level include:

  1. Being the largest producer in the country of African American physicists at the doctoral level
  2. Being the premiere program of its size in the country within a few selected areas of physics.

The department first offered the Master of Science degree in the early 1930’s and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the early 1960’s. The department currently has a full time faculty of 19 members, 47% of whom are African Americans. In the mid 1990’s undergraduate enrollment averaged 20 students per year and graduate enrollment averaged about thirty (30). Over the years the programs have produced 78 Ph.D. graduates in physics and about 185 masters students. Approximately 70% of the doctorate and 75% of the masters graduates have been students in groups that have been traditionally under-represented in the field of physics.

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