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Iowa State University PhD in Physics

11 Doctor's Degrees Awarded

Physics is a major offered under the physical sciences program of study at Iowa State University. Here, you’ll find out more about the major doctor’s degree program in physics, including such details as the number of graduates, ethnicity of students, related majors and concentrations, and more.

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How Much Does a Doctorate in Physics from Iowa State Cost?

$10,986 Average Tuition and Fees

Iowa State Graduate Tuition and Fees

During the 2019-2020 academic year, part-time graduate students at Iowa State paid an average of $1,374 per credit hour if they came to the school from out-of-state. In-state students paid a discounted rate of $543 per credit hour. Information about average full-time graduate student tuition and fees is shown in the table below.

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Does Iowa State Offer an Online PhD in Physics?

Iowa State does not offer an online option for its physics doctor’s degree program at this time. To see if the school offers distance learning options in other areas, visit the Iowa State Online Learning page.

Iowa State Doctorate Student Diversity for Physics

11 Doctor's Degrees Awarded
18.2% Women
There were 11 doctor’s degrees in physics awarded during the 2019-2020 academic year. Information about those students is shown below.

Male-to-Female Ratio

Women made up around 18.2% of the physics students who took home a doctor’s degree in 2019-2020. This is in the same ballpark of the nationwide number of 20.0%.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

Of those students who received a doctor’s degree at Iowa State in physics at 2019-2020, none were racial-ethnic minorities*.

Race/EthnicityNumber of Students
Black or African American0
Hispanic or Latino0
Native American or Alaska Native0
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander0
International Students9
Other Races/Ethnicities1

PhD in Physics Focus Areas at Iowa State

Physics students may decide to major in one of the following focus areas.

Focus AreaAnnual Graduates
Elementary Particle Physics2
Nuclear Physics4
Condensed Matter & Materials Physics5

You may also be interested in one of these majors related to physics.

Related MajorAnnual Graduates
Astronomy & Astrophysics2
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology2
Geological & Earth Sciences1

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*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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