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2023 Best Engineering Physics Doctor's Degree Schools

8 Colleges in the United States
55 Doctor's Degrees
Engineering Physics is about average in terms of popularity for doctor's degrees programs. That is, it ranks #141 out of the 306 majors across the country that we analyze each year. As such, the degree program isn't offered at every college in the United States, but there are schools that do have a program in the field that are top-notch when it comes to quality.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 8 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Engineering Physics Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 55 doctor's degrees in engineering physics to qualified students.

Jump to one of the following sections: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Engineering Physics School for Your Doctor's Degree

Best Engineering Physics Doctor's Degree Schools The engineering physics doctor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality engineering physics program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a doctor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their doctor's degree from the school. After all, your doctor's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on engineering physics students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of engineering physics students who choose to seek a doctor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for engineering physics to pay back their student loans after receiving their doctor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized engineering physics related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for engineering physics students working on their doctor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Engineering Physics Doctor's Degree Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Engineering Physics in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a doctor's degree in engineering physics.

Top Schools for a Doctorate in Engineering Physics

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
11 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a doctor's degree in engineering physics needs to check out Cornell University. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca.More information about a doctorate in engineering physics from Cornell University

#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
6 Annual Graduates

Any student who is interested in a doctor's degree in engineering physics has to take a look at Northwestern University. Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston.More information about a doctorate in engineering physics from Northwestern University

#3

Rice University

Houston, TX
8 Annual Graduates

Rice University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a doctor's degree in engineering physics. Rice is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Houston.More information about a doctorate in engineering physics from Rice University

6 Annual Graduates

Columbia University in the City of New York is a wonderful option for individuals pursuing a doctor's degree in engineering physics. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in engineering physics from Columbia University in the City of New York

#5

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
5 Annual Graduates

Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Cambridge.More information about a doctorate in engineering physics from Harvard University

4 Annual Graduates

UCSD is a fairly large public university located in the large city of La Jolla.More information about a doctorate in engineering physics from University of California - San Diego

1 Annual Graduates

University of Virginia is a very large public university located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.More information about a doctorate in engineering physics from University of Virginia - Main Campus

1 Annual Graduates

Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Daytona Beach.More information about a doctorate in engineering physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

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One of 40 majors within the Engineering area of study, Engineering Physics has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Electrical Engineering 2,179
Mechanical Engineering 1,634
Biomedical Engineering 1,096
Chemical Engineering 1,087
Civil Engineering 1,086
Materials Engineering 712
General Engineering 477
Computer Engineering 386
Industrial Engineering 370
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 361

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NASA. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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