Students in the Ph.D. program benefit from small classes, accessible faculty and research staff, and a wide range of opportunities for research in experimental and theoretical high-energy research programs. Many students begin research projects during their first year. All students in good standing receive teaching or research stipends during the academic year, along with tuition waivers. Summer support is also available. Excellent applicants to the program may also be eligible for the SMU University-wide Fellowship, which is a university-wide competitive fellowship program that awards graduate students with an additional amount of stipend on top of their base stipend from the department. The department can nominate up to two applicants per year for this competitive fellowship.
Students typically receive support for work as teaching assistants during their first two years, and, after successful completion of the Ph.D. core proficiency, research support until completion of their thesis and degree.
For more specific information on course requirements, visit catalog.smu.edu.