Graduate Application

Application

To apply for study in physics, visit the address:
http://graduate.wfu.edu/admissions/onlineapp.html External link icon

Note: Our deadline is now Jan 15th and the GRE is now optional for all applicants.

We accept only online applications (no paper applications).

To apply you must

  1. fill out an online application
    1. This includes a personal statement, which should make it clear why you are applying to wake forest in particular, and ideally which research group(s) interest you.
  2. pay the application fee of $80; unless you are eligible for a waiver. Domestic students who receive need-based financial aid are likely eligible for a waiver. Domestic students may contact Ann Bell at gradschl@nullwfu.edu, with a copy of their financial aid letter, or have their University’s financial aid office contact gradschl@nullwfu.edu directly. International students may contact the program director, salsbufr@nullwfu.edu, after they have completed their application, to see if one is available from the program. International students should NOT contact the graduate school for an application fee waiver. Nor should they contact the program director until after they have completed an application. International students are defined at WFU as students needing a visa to study at Wake Forest.
  3. have three letters of reference sent
  4. have an official transcript sent (an unofficial copy is sufficient for application)
  5. have an official report of your TOEFL or IELTS results sent (only if you are an international student who has not studied in the US; an unofficial copy is sufficient for application)
    1. If the sole language of instruction at your university or college is English, then the graduate school might waive the requirement. A statement or letter stating that English is the sole language of instruction needs to be both uploaded and emailed to gradschol@nullwfu.edu.

FAQ’s

1. How do I apply for financial aid?

All applicants are automatically considered for financial aid.  All PhD students will receive a full tuition waiver, and a yearly stipend of at least $24,760 (as a teaching assistant or research assistant).  All MS students will receive a 74% tuition waiver and may receive a stipend as an RA or TA, but it is not guaranteed.

2. What is the application deadline?

  • Fall 2023
    • Jan 15 2022 is the deadline for applications for Fall 2023.
    • The application portal will remain open, and we will consider all applications until all openings are filled.
    • Applications opened on September 15 2022 with Slate.
  • Spring 2023:
    • We have no openings for Spring 2023.
    • November 1st for domestic students
    • October 1st for international students

3. What is the minimum GPA or GRE score for admission?

The physics department has no minimum GPA.

The general GRE is optional by may strengthen your application.

The subject GRE is optional but may strengthen your application

4. What is the minimum required TOEFL score?

The graduate school requires a minimum score of:

Computer-based TOEFL – 217

International-Based Total (IBT) – 79

International English Language Testing System(IELTS) – 6.5

5. Here are my scores on tests and my GPA, am I likely to be admitted?

We are not allowed to render opinions on the likelihood of admission before a student applies. The decision to admit a student is made by the Graduate Committee of the Physics Department. Many criteria go into the decision process such as the intended area of study, background and experience of the applicant, letters of recommendation, the strength of the applicant’s transcript, and if submitted performance on the GRE.

6. When will I hear about my application?

Fall application decisions are generally sent out by the end of January.

7.  Where can I find detailed information about the program, such as faculty and research interests?

Faculty research interests can be found here and most faculty have websites with more detailed information linked from those pages. For a flyer with a more detailed overview of research interests, check out Physics_flyer_v1.1