Program Structure

The Graduate Program in Physics (PPGF) offers students the option of choosing one of the existing areas/lines of research.

In order to be awarded a Graduate Degree in Physics, students are required to have taken at least thirty (30) credits for the master’s and sixty (60) credits for the doctorate, as follows:

  • 24 credits (master’s) and 48 credits (doctorate) in basic and elective courses, directed studies courses and academic papers. Students must have taken a minimum of 16 credits (master’s) and 32 credits (doctorate) in basic and elective courses. Students can take up to 4 credits (master’s) or 12 credits (doctorate) in directed studies courses. Doctoral students can take up to 8 credits in academic papers.
  • Compulsory seminars: uncredited.
  • Preparation and defense of Thesis or Dissertation: 06 credits for the master’s and 12 credits for the doctorate.

The activities of the academic calendar of the program are conducted on a semester basis. Performance in each course will be evaluated through specific assignments and tests. The final grade is composed of assigned course grades and their respective weights:

A(4), B (3) C (2), E (0) and I (incomplete).

Students have to achieve an average grade in the courses in each semester that shall not be less than 2.0 (two) or less than 2.5 (two point five) in all the courses taken in two consecutive semesters, otherwise they may face dismissal from the course.

Up to six months (Master’s) or 12 months (Doctorate) after admission into the Program, students must have an advisor, among teachers accredited with the program. Together, advisor and student must prepare a master`s thesis or doctoral dissertation project, which must be submitted to the Graduate Program Committee.

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