Graduate Program Requirements

  • Graduate Admissions And Application Information

    Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego.

    Application Information:

    Application Deadline for 2016-17 is: December 23, 2015.

    Online Graduate Applications for 2016-17 opens up on September 8, 2015. Please note that the Department will begin processing of applications starting September 30, 2015.

    Web Address:

    In order to process your application we require the following documents:

    1. Official transcripts-accept scanned Pdf transcripts only for application review
    2. Statement of Purpose
    3. Three letters of reference
    4. All results of your Graduate Record Examination (GRE); general and advanced physics scores - request ETS to report your scores to the Institute Code 4836
    5. Application fee: Domestic $90.00, International $110.00
    6. Electronic Graduate Application 2016-2017
    7. TOEFL Score Report / the IELTS Score Report (International Applicants Only) - request ETS to report your TOEFL scores to the Institute Code 4836. Official IELTS need to be mailed.

    Please do not mail documents. Upload them on to your application.

    The GRE examinations must be taken no later than October in order for the scores to be considered by the Admissions Committee. Incomplete files and applications received after December 23rd will be considered only if space is available.

    Entrance Requirements:

    Entering graduate students are required to have a sound knowledge of undergraduate mechanics, electricity and magnetism, to have had senior courses or their equivalent in atomic and quantum physics, nuclear physics, and thermodynamics; and to have taken upper division laboratory work.

    Attention International Applicants: 2016-17.

    Foreign students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English via the TOEFL/IELTS exam.

    The minimum TOEFL score required is 80 for Internet based (iBT). The minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score required is Band Score 7. The Test for Spoken English (TSE) is highly recommended.

    International Students whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency before they may serve as teaching assistants.

    Revised for 2016-17 admissions