To complete the Ph.D. degree a candidate must write a doctoral thesis and publicly defend it in the final oral examination. The committee that administers the final oral examination for the Ph.D. is composed of two faculty members or Faculty Fellows from the department, and an additional Rice faculty member from outside the Physics and Astronomy department. The formal requirements are:
The student must complete all course work specified for their matriculating class and any additional courses required by the thesis advisor.
The student must satisfactorily complete four semesters of teaching practicum.
The transcript must show at least 90 semester hours credit, including research beyond the Bachelor's Degree. At least 60 semester hours of this study must be done as a full-time student in residence at Rice.
The student must successfully complete a research project involving independent and original work. The work must be reported in an approved thesis, and defended in a public oral examination.
After degree conferral, the transcript will show the following:
Degree Program: Doctor of Philosophy