Graduate Program Application

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Application to Graduate Program

For information regarding the graduate program, contact the Graduate Coordinator:

Dr. Loris Magnani
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
USA
loris@physast.uga.edu

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 throughout the calendar year, although it is to the student's benefit to begin study 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 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. 

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).

Before beginning the application procedure, we would appreciate your filling out the following brief form below.  After submission of this form you will be routed to a page from which you may link to the electronic applications available at the Graduate School.  

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.