Students preparing an application for Fall 2021 should note that the GRE is not required (neither Physics nor General) and scores will not be considered during application review. The Admission Committee will take into consideration the impact of COVID-19 on grades including N/NP, C/NC, and withdrawals. The application dealine is January 15, 2020. See full application details in How to Apply.

Thank you for considering the Physics & Astronomy Graduate Studies Program at the University of Utah. Graduate school is an exciting undertaking that can lead to a lifetime of fulfillment and opportunities. It's also a rigorous endeavor that demands 5-6 years of perseverance and dedication. Our graduate students balance studies, teaching assistantships, and research in the pursuit of understanding some of the greatest mysteries of the universe and finding elegant solutions for humanity's most pressing issues. Condensed Matter

Students admitted to our graduate program can expect to study and collaborate with classmates and faculty from around the country and the world. The department of Physics & Astronomy, P&A as we like to call it, offers PhD students full assistantships, health insurance, and tuition benefits. We work closely with current graduate students to ensure that we provide a supportive and enriching educational environment.

Physicists and Astronomers join our department because of the collaborative opportunities, interdisciplinary research labs, academic reputation, and beautiful surroundings - among other benefits.  We invite you to learn about our research opportunities and programmatic offerings so you can decide if our program is right for you. To that end, we are here to answer any questions you may have about the program, the application, or life in Salt Lake City. Before applying, you may want to peruse our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and carefully review the detailed instructions on How to Apply.


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 Required Application Materials

See How to Apply for detailed application instructions and information on the application fee waiver. All materials must be submitted through the ApplyYourself portal. Incomplete applications, including those without 3 letters of recommendation, will not be considered. 


Applications for admission to the graduate program are evaluated usually during the month of February. The recommendations of the Admissions Committee are sent to the Graduate Admissions Office of the University of Utah. The formal decision on admission is made by the University's Graduate Admissions Office, which will then notify you directly of its decision. Please note that on rare occasions the Graduate Admissions Office may decide against the recommendation of the Physics Astronomy Department; consequently the letter from the Physics Astronomy Department does not constitute formal acceptance.

The University of Utah is fully committed to policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity, and vigorously pursues affirmative action in all programs, activities, and employment with regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, and status as a handicapped individual.

Religion, sexual orientation, and status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era also are protected under nondiscrimination and equal opportunity employment policies. Evidence of practices not consistent with this policy should be reported to the Office of the President of the University, 801-581-8365. Any false or misleading information provided in the support of this application may result in dismissal from the Graduate School.

Last Updated: 1/11/21