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Application Process

All materials must be submitted through the ApplyYourself portal.

Before applying, you may want to peruse our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


Required Application Materials

  1. Completed ApplyYourself Application: Read the application carefully. Omitted information can delay the processing of your application. Allow processing time of four to six weeks in the Admissions Office. Please state the Physics & Astronomy department on the appropriate line of your application. Application Form (PDF)
  2. Transcripts: Official copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent directly by the institution. The transcripts may also be included with the other application materials if they are in a sealed envelope. For foreign institutions, include official transcripts in the original language and official English translations if the original language is not English.
  3. Letters of Recommendation: The Physics & Astronomy Department requires at least three letters of personal reference from course instructors, research supervisors, or employers who are familiar with your abilities and performance. The reference should use Recommendation Form #1 in ApplyYourself.
  4. Personal Statement: A two-page personal statement (approximately 500 words) outlining your background, research interests (including possible faculty research advisors), goals, and reasons for applying to our graduate program.
  5. Financial Assistance: If you are applying for financial assistance, please indicate this on the ApplyYourself application form.
  6. GRE Scores: All applicants should arrange to take the General GRE and Physics subject GRE tests and have the results sent to the Physics & Astronomy Department. Official scores must be submitted before an applicant can be accepted by the University of Utah. If you desire any additional information concerning GRE tests, visit the GRE website.
  7. For International Applicants Only: TOEFL scores: An official report of scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will be necessary.

Official transcripts should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
University of Utah
Department of Physics & Astronomy
201 James Fletcher Bldg.
115 South 1400 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0830

Official scores should be sent through ETS using the following codes:

ETS Codes

GRE inst. 4853 - dept. 0808

TOEFL inst. 4853 - dept. 76 (under "Physical Sciences")

For more information about the application process, requirements, financial aid, etc., see our Graduate Handbook. (PDF) If you have any questions regarding admissions to the University of Utah, please contact:

Graduate Admissions Secretary
University of Utah
Physics & Astronomy Department
115 South 1400 East, Room 201
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0830 USA

Phone: (801) 581-6861
Fax: (801) 581-4801
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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.

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