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 four to six 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 usually receive financial support either from the department or from external foundations. 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 the graduate coordinator at