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Prospective Students

Prospective graduate students must have undergraduate degrees in physics or a closely related discipline. Applications are accepted no later than March 1 for the fall semester and no later than October 1 for the spring semester. Admission decisions for the fall semester will be made by mid-March. Application submission details can be found in the  Graduate Catalog.

Please follow the instructions in the Graduate School website to submit your application.

Only completed applications will be considered for review. A complete application must include the following documents:

For Domestic Students

  1. Copies of all undergraduate (and graduate, if any) transcripts
  2. GRE General records (waived for UofM physics undergrads)
  3. At least three letters of recommendations
  4. A personal statement
  5. CV (showing previous research experience, if any)

For International Students

  1. Copies of all undergraduate (and graduate, if any) transcripts
  2. (Word Education Services) WES (or equivalent agency) transcript evaluation report
  3. GRE General score
  4. TOEFL or IELTS scores
  5. At least three letters of recommendations
  6. Personal statement
  7. CV (showing previous research experience, if any)

Application Deadlines

March 1 for Application for Fall Semesters,
October 1 for Application for Spring Semesters.

Admissions Criteria

To be admitted to the MS program in physics, the applicant must have a Bachelor of Science (BS) in physics or a closely related discipline with coursework satisfying undergraduate core physics requirements (calculus, differential equations, modern physics, mechanics, electricity and Magnetism, optics, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics). Students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English via the TOEFL or the IELTS test scores.

Admission is based on merit. The following criteria are used in the application evaluation:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 in undergraduate physics courses is required.
  2. GRE General, minimum 140 in Verbal and 150 in Quantitative.
  3. Minimum TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 8.
  4. A minimum of three letters of recommendation
  5. Previous research experience, if any
  6. Personal Statement

Assistantship

The Department of Physics and Materials Science  offers graduate assistantships for up to two years to competitive students opting for a MS degree in Physics with thesis option. The assistantship includes stipend, tuition, and required fees for the academic year.