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Physics

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Physics. It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

Application Deadlines: Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below.

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen January 1 September 1 No Entry
International January 1 September 1 No Entry


Contact Information Mailing Address
Web Sites of Interest

Phone: (765) 494-3099
E-mail: physcontacts@purdue.edu
Prof. John Finley, Department Head
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Purdue University
525 Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2036
USA

Completing the Application:

  • You must complete the Physics and Math Course Listing Form and it should be uploaded with your statement of purpose through the online application system.
  • Letters of Recommendations: At least 3 letters of reference completed by individuals who can provide an accurate and objective evaluation of the applicant should be submitted online at https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/admissions/how/index.html.
    to each recommender. If you have not yet been assigned a student id, leave that information blank.
  • See our homepage at http://www.physics.purdue.edu
  • Current master’s students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score has been set
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test:
    Physics-required-no minimum score set

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score set
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test:
    Physics-required-no minimum score set
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Not required, but recommended

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    Not required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score set
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test:
    Physics - Required -- no minimum score set

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion:
    Not Required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score set
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test:
    Physics - Required -- no minimum score set
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers
    Not required, but recommended

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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