Graduate Admission Information

NOTE:  You must have an undergraduate degree in physics or its related field to enter the M.S. or the Ph.D. programs in Physics. Your undergraduate curriculum must have included upper-division courses in statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and classical mechanics. Students must have earned a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (on a U.S. 4.0 scale) or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) work and in any graduate work already completed.

In your application, you should clearly identify your area of research interest in your personal statement (aka: letter of intent). The Selection Committee will carefully consider your interests and experience, undergraduate GPA (especially in the major), letters of recommendation, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. The department's Graduate Selection Committees makes the final decisions regarding admission offers and financial aid (in the form of Teaching/Research Assistantships).

Detailed Admission Criteria: Domestic Applicants / International Applicants

Financial Aid: Teaching/Research/Graduate assistantships include a stipend of at least $17,136 for a work load of 18-20 hours per week during the academic year that encompasses the Fall and Spring semesters. In addition, students receive a tuition scholarship worth over $24,000 as well as health insurance coverage. Teaching assistantships are generally awarded for two years, with the possibility of extension dependent upon special circumstances. Summer research assistant positions are typically available, and the stipends usually range from $1,200-3,300 per month. Compensation for assistantships is taxable.

Cost of Study: A complete and current table of resident and non-resident tuition rates and fees is located here.

Living and Housing Expenses: There are a number of options to choose from: dormitories with meal plans, Student Family Housing for married students, and privately-owned apartments and houses that are available to rent. Our graduate students indicate that they budget anywhere from $500 to $800 per month to cover living expenses.

For information on the Optical Science and Engineering PhD and MS Programs, please visit the OSE site.