Physics, Ph.D.

Physics, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Physics 

Physics PhDChoosing Florida Tech for a Ph.D. in physics gives students access to more than 5,000 technological companies, including NASA. The university is strategically situated at the center of Florida’s high tech corridor and there is no better place to study and start a career than in one of the most diverse science and technology-oriented areas in the country. 

In fact, students in the physics program are part of a university recognized as having the very first space sciences program in the world, and one that awards the largest number of physics bachelor’s degrees each year (according to the American Institute of Physics).  

Students seeking a Ph.D. in physics will find a unique learning environment at Florida Tech with the expert faculty, tools and resources they might expect to find at a larger university at a smaller school with a more intimate setting. Core competencies include analytics mechanics, electromagnetic theory, quantum mechanics and thermodynamics. Students apply their curriculum through world-class experiments such as the Compact Muon Solenoid at CERN by using our advanced Ortega .8-m telescope.

Flexible, Close-Knit Academic Community

Florida Tech’s low student-to-faculty ratio provides an atmosphere of mentorship between faculty and students – something not every Ph.D. in physics program can offer. This type of academic community fosters professional peer collaboration that greatly benefits students who are focused on research. Faculty members are actively engaged in relevant industry research, which enhances classroom discussion and professional development. 

Hands-On Research Program  

Working towards a Ph.D. in physics at Florida Tech involves hands-on research opportunities that prepare graduates for the type of work they’ll do on the job, whether they plan to enter academia or the corporate environment. This includes research on campus at one of Florida Tech’s many laboratories and may include work at off campus facilities such as Fermilab in Chicago. With professors who bring a wealth of experience to the classroom, a culture that empowers graduates to be future leaders, and cutting-edge high tech facilities, Florida Tech offers students the perfect setting in which to prepare for their career.


Since 1958, Florida Tech has provided the type of challenging curriculum and robust research experiences that prepares students for physics careers. CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and NASA scientists have graduated from Florida Tech, with many other doctoral graduates working in companies around the world. Graduates with a Ph.D. in physics can find careers in academia, research, high tech companies, space agencies, manufacturing, government and more. Job growth for physics graduates is projected to continue to grow through 2020, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, giving graduates even more reason to consider Florida Tech for a doctoral program.