The Fast-Track to Research Program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University provides students who already have a Master’s Degree the opportunity to more quickly get to advanced courses and research for their Ph.D. Students admitted to the program have the option to test out of any and all of our required Core Graduate Courses:
- PHYS-601: Classical Mechanics
- PHYS-603: Electrodynamics I
- PHYS-606: Quantum Mechanics I
- PHYS-607: Statistical Mechanics
- PHYS-615: Theoretical Methods in Physics I
Details of the program are as follows:
Students will be admitted to the Physics, Astronomy, or Applied Physics graduate programs based on regular criteria, and those with an earned Master’s degree will be considered for participation in the “Fast Track to Research” program.
- Students passing all the exams can register for advanced courses and will be encouraged to engage in research as early as possible.
- Students who do not pass all the exams, but show strong background in the relevant parts of the material, will be offered a special Directed Study course in the fall semester to gain proficiency in specific areas and hopefully pass any remaining exams in January. Many options, including advanced classes and/or active engagement in research, will also be available in the fall.
- Students who do not pass the exams, and for whom it is evident that taking an individual course would be beneficial, will be required to register normally for the relevant core courses.