Graduate Application


To apply for study in physics, visit the address: External link icon

We accept only online applications (no paper applications).

To apply you must

  1. fill out an online application
  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 only may contact Ann Bell at, with a copy of your financial aid letter, or have your University’s financial aid office contact them. International students may contact the program director,, to see if one is available from the program. International students should NOT contact the graduate school for an application-fee waiver.
  3. have three letters of reference sent
  4. have an official transcript sent (copy is sufficient for application)
  5. have an official report on your general GRE results sent (copy is sufficient for application)
  6. have an official report on your TOEFL results sent (only if you are an international student)


1. How do I apply for financial aid?

All applicants are automatically considered for financial aid.  All admitted PhD students will receive a full tuition waiver, 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, but it is not guaranteed.

2. What is the application deadline?

  • Fall 2023
    • Dec 15 2022 for applications for Fall 2023.
    • Applications opened September 15 2022 with Slate.
  • Spring 2023:
    • November 1st for domestic students
    • October 1st for international students
    • Currently, we do not expect to have openings for PhD students. We may have openings for MS students. Most admits are, however, in the Fall.
    • Applications for the MS program are currently open using applyyourself.

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

The physics department has no minimum GPA. The 25th–75th percentile GPA range of accepted domestic PhD students in Fall 2022 was 3.52-3.85. However, domestic students with GPAs as low a 2.5 were accepted, and international students GPAs tend to be more variable as the grading scales are different.

The general GRE is required unless you are eligible for a waiver due to having a master’s degree; email the program director, Dr. Salsbury to apply for a waiver, if it is not automatically applied in Slate. The quantitative GRE 25th–75th percentile score range of accepted PhD students in Fall 2022 was 155.5-164. The verbal GRE 25th–75th percentile score range of accepted PhD students in Fall 2022 was 150.75-160.5.

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 of 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 intended area of study, background and experience of the applicant, performance on the General GRE, letters of recommendation, and the strength of the applicant’s transcript.

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, click Physics_flyer_v1.1