Graduate Courses

Please consult the online course catalog for complete course information and descriptions.

Course registration information can be found on the Student Information Services (SIS) website.

Fall 2018 Graduate Course Schedule

Course #Room #DayTimeTitleInstructor
171.605176TTh10:30 - 11:45Quantum MechanicsProf. Tchernyshyov
171.613361MW1:30 - 2:45Radiative AstrophysicsProf. Neufeld
171.621464MW3:00 - 4:15Condensed Matter PhysicsProf. Tchernyshyov
171.627511TTh10:30-11:45Astrophyical DynamicsProf. Norman
172.633464W12:00-12:50Language of AstrophysicsProf. Vishniac
171.646447TTH9 - 10:15amGeneral RelativityProf. D. Kaplan
171.699MWF11:00-11:50Planets, Life and the UniverseProf. Norman
171.701464MW10:30-11:45Quantum Field TheoryProf. Kamionkowski
172.751447W1:30-3:00Elemen Particle Phys SeminarProf. Gritsan
171.753447MF1:30-2:45String TheoryBah, Ibrahima
172.753447W1:30-3:00Adv Particle Theory SeminarProf. J Kaplan
171.755511Th1:30-3PMFourier OpticsSivramakrisnan/Allen
171.762361TW4:30-5:45Advanced Condensed MatterLi, Yi
172.763361W12-1:30Condensed Matter Phys SeminarProf. Armitage


There are four semesters of required classes for the physics PhD and for the astronomy and astrophysics PhD that must be passed with a grade of B- or better. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these requirements in their first year, although they may be deferred until the second year under certain circumstances. Some of the required classes may be waived, at the discretion of the first-year adviser, if the student has successfully completed a comparable class elsewhere. The required classes are as follows:

PhD in Physics

  • 171.603 Electromagnetism
  • 171.605 Quantum Mechanics
  • 171.606 Quantum Mechanics
  • 171.703 Advanced Statistical Mechanics

PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics

  • 171.611 Stellar structure and evolution
  • 171.612 Interstellar medium and astrophysical fluid dynamics
  • 171.613 Radiative astrophysics
  • 171.627 Astrophysical dynamics

In addition to the courses above, physics students must take one semester of graduate seminar (172.631). In the seminars, students practice giving presentations and discuss current literature. Astrophysics students take 172.633 Language of Astrophysics.

The department offers a complete range of advanced classes in physics and astrophysics, and students are strongly encouraged to take more classes beyond these required four semesters. The specific course of study should be tailored, under consultation with the first-year adviser and/or with prospective research advisers, to the needs of each student and to their research goals.