Graduate Program Application
Application to Graduate Program
For information regarding the graduate program, contact the Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Inseok Song
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Applications for admission to the M.S. or Ph.D. programs must be done electronically over the World Wide Web; paper applications are no longer accepted. Applications for graduate admission and assistantships are accepted mostly in the fall semester because of the structure of our core curriculum. It is only in rare instances that an applicant is admitted to begin in the spring semester. Prospective students may learn about many important aspects of the graduate program from the On-Line Graduate Student Handbook.
To be admitted to graduate study in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Georgia, a student must have earned a bachelor's degree in physics, astronomy, or a related field and should have a distinguished undergraduate record. The minimum requirements for admissions are
- Core physics courses (2 semesters of classical mechanics, 2 semesters of E&M, 2 semesters of quantum, & 1 semester of thermodynamics) during the junior/senior undergraduate level (i.e., 3rd and 4th year). There can be an exception to this requirement (see below).
- Minimum GRE score (combined qunatitative + verbal) of 1050 in the old scoring system. To convert the new GRE score to the old system, use this translation table.
- Although we do not require a GRE subject score (i.e., GRE physics), it is recommended to submit the subject score.
- International applicants from non-English speaking countries need to meet the TOEFL requirement: total score of 80 or above and speaking score of 20 or above. To convert the new IELTS score to the old TOEFL scale, use this link.
- Although there is no formal minimum requirement on the grade point average (GPA), an average grade of 'B' or above is usually necessary to be admitted (especially on the core physics courses).
The completed application package must include
- Two official transcripts (official academic records and certified English translations, if applicable, for international applicants) from each institution of higher education attended.
- three letters of recommendation, and
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. The minimum score for admission to our graduate program is 1050. (The Department of Physics and Astronomy does not require the GRE subject test.)
- A brief essay describing the applicant's background, interests, goals, aspirations, etc. is required of all applicants.
The deadline for applications for the Fall semester is February 15th for international applicants April 15th for domestic applicants. The GRE and TOEFL scores and the transcripts should be reported to the Office of Graduate Admissions, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Letters of recommendation are now done via the internet, so these will automatically be correctly directed. The essay should be sent to the Graduate Coordinator, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-2451. For complete consideration for normal fall admission, these materials should be received in the Department by the last week of January of the year the student wishes to begin graduate study; although applications will be accepted later, the student should realize that he/she will be at a disadvantage since applications will be in the process of review for students applying earlier and offers will be made to those qualified applicants. Applications for special fellowships may have earlier deadlines. Please consult the Graduate Coordinator's office for full details.
Students from foreign countries must submit additional information in order to be considered for admission. In particular, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of foreign applicants. The Department of Physics and Astronomy does not require the Test of Spoken English (TSE) exam. Unfortunately, because of budget constraints at the University of Georgia, we are unable to offer a waiver of the application fee; applications cannot be processed without the fee. We will, however, process applications with unofficial test scores; final acceptance will not be possible without official scores.
Applicants with an insufficient background in physics courses during the junior/senior year can be admitted case by case. Such students, when admitted, will begin with a remedial physics courses at the 6000 level.
Please note that no application will be evaluated if the application fee has not been paid. As noted above, we will evaluate an application if the applicant submits unofficial GRE and/or TOEFL scores after paying the application fee, but no official offer can be made until official scores have been received. (NOTE: By "unofficial" we mean photocopies of scores sent to the applicant by ETS, not a statement from the applicant what the score was.)
Unless an applicant specifically requests to not be considered, all applicants are considered for a Graduate Laboratory Assistantship. Some students are admitted with partial or full support as a Graduate Research Assistant, but these should be arranged for by communication with a specific faculty member since the support is from grants held by individuals or groups. Stipends are at two levels. For the 2010-11 school year, applicants admitted into the Ph. D. program will be paid a bit more than $15,000 for the academic year ($1500/month for ten months) and will be guaranteed at least $2000 in summer support in the summer of 2011. Applicants admitted into the M. S. program will receive more than $14,000 for the academic year. In addition to the stipend, tuition is waived for students with assistantships; graduate assistants pay only fees (approximately $800/semester).
There are a variety of ways you can proceed with application to the Graduate School:
- You must apply for admission electronically over the World Wide Web.
- You may download specific forms from the Graduate School.
- You may download and print out a complete booklet which contains detailed instructions.
- You may go to the home page of Graduate Admissions.
The Graduate School Bulletin is now only available online.