Graduate Studies in Physics + Astronomy
at the University of Utah
Welcome to graduate studies in physics and astronomy at the University of Utah! Current graduate students and prospective graduate students can contact our graduate program coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, for questions that aren't answered on these pages.
Currently enrolled graduate students can find the most up to date information in our Canvas course, emails sent to all grads, or by making an advising appointment with Bryce or your advising committee. Grads are advised not to drop classes, withdraw, switch grading options, or make other enrollment decisions without first meeting with the graduate program coordinator. We're here to help you navigate policy and procedure.
Departmental & University Resources
Grants & Fellowships
Milestone MS Procedure
Students enrolled in the PhD program may apply for the Milestone MS upon completion of their Qualifying Exam and Program of Study. The Milestone MS is no different than a non-thesis MS and might benefit your grant and fellowship applications. If you wish to apply for your Milestone MS please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.
Graduate students preparing to take the qualifying exam should notify the Program Coordinator of the scheduled date and time of the exam. Once the exam is complete, the committee chair should send the signed Qualifying Exam form to email@example.com.
Tuition Benefits and Insurance
The Tuition Benefit Program has been slightly restructured to simplify the process of awarding tuition benefits and health insurance to all qualified students. Students employed as RAs, TAs, GAs, and GFs are now all eligible to receive GSHIP. Read more about it here.
The Department of Physics & Astronomy will also continue our new initiative of fully covering the health insurance premium. In addition, we will cover the International Student fee and some differential tuition. These fees will still appear on your student account so it's important that you reply to email requests from the graduate program coordinator.
These initiatives are evaluated each semester and will be supported so long as it is financially possible for the department to do so.
Ready to defend?
If you are within a semester or two of defending your thesis please contact your Graduate Program Coordinator to set up a final semester meeting. International students should also schedule an appointment with ISSS.
Your semester of defense does not necessarily correspond with your semester of graduation. Thesis submission deadlines are critical to determining your graduation semester. With very few exceptions, you must be enrolled in a thesis credit during the defense semester.
For more information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies (DoGS)
Graduate Program Coordinator
Book an advising appointment or stop by JFB 204