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Physics Department - Graduate Admissions

How to Apply: Visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences admissions website.

The online application process is administered by the graduate school, and their website explains the process and the general requirements. Information specific to the Physics Department is listed here.

Application Deadline: January 15

Undergraduate Preparation:
Applicants are expected to have a degree in physics or a related discipline from an accredited institution.

Standardized Tests:
General and Subject (Physics) GRE scores are required for all applicants. There is no minimum score requirement.

TOEFL Exam:
The TOEFL exam is required for all international students, but a waiver may be requested if English is the primary language of instruction at your undergraduate institution. The minimum  iBT TOEFL score  is 90, with sectional minimums of 22 in speaking, 22 in writing, 23 in reading and 23 in listening.  Applicants may submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as an alternative to the TOEFL exam. The minimum IELTS score requirement is 7.0 in each section. Exceptionally qualified applicants may be considered even if they do not meet these expectations.

Degree Programs:
Our programs are described in our Graduate Student Handbook. Most students should apply to the PhD program. If you are specifically interested in the MA or MS degree,  contact us to discuss your requirements. Note that the MAPE (Master of Arts in Physics Education) program has different application requirements.

Financial Aid:
All admitted PhD students will be offered financial aid. No separate application process is required.

Specialization:
You must enter an intended specialization in your application. The following options are available:

Atomic Physics
Experimental atomic, molecular, or optical physics
Condensed Matter Experimental solid state and biophysics
High Energy Particle physics using colliders such as the LHC
Nuclear Physics Accelerator-based studies of nuclear matter
Theoretical Physics All branches of theoretical physics

Your selection of a specialization is not a commitment to a particular area of study. Choose a category that most closely matches your interests. Your choice will not detract from your application.