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 The oversight of the graduate program in Physics has been delegated by the Physics Graduate Faculty to the Graduate Education Committee. The Director of Graduate Studies acts as an ex-officio member of the Graduate Education Committee. Requests for exceptions to the stated policies, or suggestions for policy changes should be directed to the Graduate Education Committee either through its Chair, or through the Director of Graduate Studies. The Committee will consider such requests and suggestions and either take action itself or, as necessary, forward them with a recommendation to the Physics Graduate Faculty for action. The oversight of the graduate program in Physics has been delegated by the Physics Graduate Faculty to the Graduate Education Committee. The Director of Graduate Studies acts as an ex-officio member of the Graduate Education Committee. Requests for exceptions to the stated policies, or suggestions for policy changes should be directed to the Graduate Education Committee either through its Chair, or through the Director of Graduate Studies. The Committee will consider such requests and suggestions and either take action itself or, as necessary, forward them with a recommendation to the Physics Graduate Faculty for action.
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 +===== Requirements for satisfactory progress in the graduate program =====
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 +^ Requirement ^ Remedy for non compliance ^
 +| GWE passed at the end of the first year | One more chance at the end of the second year. Student should complete requirements for M.Sc. before the second attempt |
 +| Minimum GPA in graduate core classes of 3.3 | Classes need to be retaken to resolve the issue by the end of the second year |
 +| Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 | One year probationary period, not extensible. New classes counting towards the degree need to be taken to raise the cumulative GPA above 3.0 |
 +| Oral Preliminary Exam passed by the end of the third year | Adviser may petition for a six month extension |
 +| Satisfactory annual report of progress by Oral Committee for TA appointment renewal | No Teaching Assistant appointment beyond the third year will be offered unless a positive statement of progress is made within the three months prior to the first appointment in any twelve month period |
 +| Degree completed in a maximum of 8 years | Petition before the University is possible for a one year extension. Follow University guidelines |
 ===== Financial Support Policy ===== ===== Financial Support Policy =====
  
 1. The financial aid resources of the School of Physics and Astronomy consist of teaching assistantships ("TA appointments"​),​ research assistantships ("RA appointments"​),​ Graduate School Fellowships awarded to the School for stipends and tuition, and a few Endowed Graduate Fellowships. RA appointments are granted by individual faculty members supported by research funds, and are subject only to review by the School Head. Such appointments are contingent on the availability of research funds. Other appointments are made by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (TA appointments),​ or faculty committees acting through the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). They are all reviewed by the School Head. From time to time, the School may nominate students for various other awards. These recommendations are made on a merit basis, and are subject to the policies of the particular award. 1. The financial aid resources of the School of Physics and Astronomy consist of teaching assistantships ("TA appointments"​),​ research assistantships ("RA appointments"​),​ Graduate School Fellowships awarded to the School for stipends and tuition, and a few Endowed Graduate Fellowships. RA appointments are granted by individual faculty members supported by research funds, and are subject only to review by the School Head. Such appointments are contingent on the availability of research funds. Other appointments are made by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (TA appointments),​ or faculty committees acting through the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). They are all reviewed by the School Head. From time to time, the School may nominate students for various other awards. These recommendations are made on a merit basis, and are subject to the policies of the particular award.
  
-2. It is the policy of the School to support all graduate students making ​good academic progress on a 1/2 time basis. However, the resources available to the School may not permit such support in all cases. Thus, the School will generally allocate the available resources according to the policies specified here.+2. It is the policy of the School to support all graduate students making ​satisfactory ​academic progress on a 1/2 time basis. However, the resources available to the School may not permit such support in all cases. Thus, the School will generally allocate the available resources according to the policies specified here.
  
 3. Except in unusual cases, financial support for entering graduate students who do not receive fellowships will be in the form of a 1/2 time TA appointment. The TA appointment will be renewed for a second year subject to satisfactory academic progress by the student, and satisfactory performance of the required TA duties. Satisfactory academic progress does not require passing the graduate written examination during the first year. Graduate students who enter the program without financial aid, but who pass the graduate written examination will be treated in succeeding years as if they had entered with a 1/2 time TA appointment. 3. Except in unusual cases, financial support for entering graduate students who do not receive fellowships will be in the form of a 1/2 time TA appointment. The TA appointment will be renewed for a second year subject to satisfactory academic progress by the student, and satisfactory performance of the required TA duties. Satisfactory academic progress does not require passing the graduate written examination during the first year. Graduate students who enter the program without financial aid, but who pass the graduate written examination will be treated in succeeding years as if they had entered with a 1/2 time TA appointment.
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 ===== Preliminary Oral Examination ===== ===== Preliminary Oral Examination =====
  
-The preliminary oral exam must be passed by the end of the third year in our graduate program. A six month extension is possible by petition to the DGS endorsed ​by the student'​s adviser.+The preliminary oral exam must be passed by the end of the third year in our graduate program. A six month extension is possible by written ​petition to the DGS by the student'​s adviser.
  
 The preliminary oral exam committee consists of four members, three from Physics and one from outside Physics ​ (for example, MIfA, EECS, CEMS, etc.). If there is a minor, the outside member should be from the minor field. ​ Beside the adviser, there should be both an experimental and a theoretical faculty member in the student'​s subfield of physics. The preliminary oral exam committee consists of four members, three from Physics and one from outside Physics ​ (for example, MIfA, EECS, CEMS, etc.). If there is a minor, the outside member should be from the minor field. ​ Beside the adviser, there should be both an experimental and a theoretical faculty member in the student'​s subfield of physics.
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 5. Students must pass the preliminary oral examination at least one semester before receiving their Ph.D. degree. 5. Students must pass the preliminary oral examination at least one semester before receiving their Ph.D. degree.
  
-==== Grading Policy ====+===== Grading Policy ​=====
  
-1. At least two-thirds of all credit hours in an M.S. or a Ph.D. program must be taken on an A-N basis.+1. At least two-thirds of all credit hours in an M.Sc. or a Ph.D. program must be taken on an A-N basis.
  
-2. There are no formal grading restrictions on 8xxx level courses; however, an adviser may require a student to take at least one 8xxx course in the student'​s sub-field on an A-N basis.+2. There are no formal grading restrictions on 8000 level courses; however, an adviser may require a student to take at least one 8000 course in the student'​s sub-field on an A-N basis.
  
-3. The required core courses ​Physics ​5001/2 and 5011/2, if they are used on an M.S. or a Ph.D. program, must be taken on an A-N basis.+3. The required core courses ​PHYS 5001/2 and 5011/2, if they are used on an M.S. or a Ph.D. program, must be taken on an A-N basis.
  
 4. Instructors must clarify to students during the first two weeks of classes the standards of performance required under both the A-N and S-N grading systems. 4. Instructors must clarify to students during the first two weeks of classes the standards of performance required under both the A-N and S-N grading systems.
  
-==== Criteria for Registration Warnings and Holds ====+===== Criteria for Registration Warnings and Holds =====
  
 Registration warnings and holds may be issued for the following reasons: Registration warnings and holds may be issued for the following reasons:
  
-1. GPA below 3.3 for Ph.D students and 2.8 for M.S. students.+1. GPA below 3.3 in required core courses, or cumulative GPA below 3.0 for Ph.D students and 2.8 for M.S. students.
  
 2. More than 6 credits of "​Incomplete."​ 2. More than 6 credits of "​Incomplete."​
  
-3. No approved M.S. program (for M.S. students) by the end of the third semester+3. No approved M.Scgraduate degree ​program (for M.Sc. students) by the end of the third semester.
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-4. No approved Ph.D. program (for Ph.D. students) by the end of the third year. +
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-5. No submission of a Ph.D. Thesis Title Form by the beginning of the second semester following the passing of the preliminary oral examination.+
  
 +4. No approved Ph.D. graduate degree program (for Ph.D. students) by the end of the third year.
  
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