Obtaining a Ph.D. in physics requires completion of a four-year bachelor's degree program followed by acceptance into and completion of a doctoral graduate program. The time spent in the graduate portion generally ranges from three to seven years, with the average time consisting of approximately five to six years.
Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a doctorate in physics should consider majoring in physics. Concentrate on completing numerous calculus, trigonometry, mathematics and physics courses to prepare for the rigors of graduate-level research. Begin thinking theoretically as early as possible in order to be prepared for the demands of doctoral dissertation research.