Graduate Overview

Why study physics at Wake Forest?

The Physics doctoral program offers a comprehensive course of study in classical and modern physics, with intensive training in one of the frontier areas of modern research, including biophysics, condensed matter physics, gravitation and particle physics and medical physics.  Our research facilities are state-of-the-art and Wake Forest Physics Department faculty and staff are committed to developing their students as outstanding scientists and researchers.

You can read the department profile at AIP External link icon or see an overview of research at Wake Forest Physics.

University highlights

Compared to other national universities, Wake Forest University is ranked #27 by US News and World Report external link indicator and #19 by Forbes Magazine and the Center for College Affordability & Productivity external link indicator .

  • The US News and World Report rankings are based on educational details, including faculty-student ratios, admissions selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
  • The Forbes ranking is an “outcomes-based ranking”, which focuses on graduation rates, numbers of students winning major awards, and achievement-based measures.

Department highlights

  • Students have the opportunity to work with faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized for their research efforts
  • Students can begin their research early and receive significant individual guidance from the faculty.  A list of a thesis topics from WFU Alumni is available.
  • Strong interdisciplinary research efforts with other departments, including Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, the Wake Forest University Medical School and Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Faculty have memberships in Centers acrossing the university including ones in Cancer, Functional Materials, Molecular Signaling, Nanotechnology & Molecular Materials, Redox Biology in Medicine, Structural Biology, and Translational Science.
  • Depending on their mentor, students who are US Citizens or Permanent Residents may apply for T32 fellowships in Structural & Computational Biophysics or Redox Biology in Medicine.
  • >96% degree completion rate and great job placement after graduation (academia, industry, government labs)
  • Graduate students from many departments are both active and interactive – see Graduate Student AssociationExternal link icon

Area highlights

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WFU Physics in 4 Minutes Video Link