Graduate Program


A typical graduate student seeking a PhD in physics or in physics and astronomy would follow a path such as this:

It usually takes five to seven years to complete the PhD program. Along the way, students develop the skills to create and conduct innovative research that advances the frontiers of physics or astronomy.

Interested in applying? Visit our application page for instructions and a link to our online application.

Support and Fellowships

Students admitted into the PhD program receive a 90-credit hour tuition scholarship, along with a stipend which covers most reasonable living expenses here in Rochester. The department offers teaching assistantships during a student's first academic year of study. Subsequently, however, students are encouraged to seek support as research assistants with one of the research groups.

The department also has fellowships that may be awarded to supplement the base teaching or research stipends. See the financial support page for more details. 

Incoming Students

Welcome, 2016 incoming class! Check out our incoming students page for information on important dates, and to see our pre- and post-arrival checklists.


Have questions? Fill out our inquiry form or email Laura Blumkin, our Graduate Program Coordinator, at