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Graduate Program Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in the Physics & Astronomy Department Graduate Program at the University of Utah.

All materials should be submitted by February 1st for admission the following Fall Semester. Applications received thereafter will continue to be considered on a space-available basis, up to the University deadline of April 1. Application fees are $55 for Domestic applicants, and $65 for International applicants on a visa or in need of a visa. Past deadline applications are subject to an additional $30 fee.

Admission Standards

Prior to commencing graduate study, applicants must have received a bachelor's degree from an accredited institute, college, or university. Although no single field of undergraduate specialization is required, applicants to the Physics program must have a thorough undergraduate background in the Sciences, and are expected to have mastered basic material in the following areas: Mathematics (calculus through differential equations), Physics (college physics with calculus, including mechanics), Chemistry (inorganic), and Biology. All aspects of an application will be thoroughly considered during the evaluation process which usually will take place in the month of February. Applicants should have a grade point average equivalent to 3.2 or better on a 4-point scale in their Bachelor or Master degree courses. International applicants should have a minimum TOEFL score of 575 on the paper-based test, or 232 on the computer-based test; applicants with TOEFL scores below 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) may be required to enroll in English classes once they are admitted in the program

Application Procedures

The Department of Physics & Astronomy requires all applicants to submit all application materials including the application and transcripts online through the ApplyYourself system. Following is a list of material that needs to be completed and submitted through ApplyYourself for the review process.

  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.
  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.

Teaching Assistantship

The University of Utah Physics & Astronomy Department offers teaching assistantships to some graduate students. This includes a tuition waiver as well as a nine-month stipend. You must have an advanced GRE test score to be considered for such a position. Teaching Assistantships are only available for applicants who have submitted all of their admissions materials by the deadline and are approved by the admissions committee. If you are applying for an assistantship, you must fill out the "Financial Support" section of the ApplyYourself Application.

Applications for admission to the graduate program are evaluated 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.

Please submit ALL required materials via:

ApplyYourself Online Graduate Application

ALL official transcripts must be sent to:

Office of Admissions
The University of Utah
201 South 1460 East, Room 250s
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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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Thank you, and we hope to hear from you soon!

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