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Graduate Program

Applying

Our Fall 2021 graduate application is now open. The application can be found here: apply.grad.rochester.edu. Students are considered for admission into the graduate doctoral degree program with the Department of Physics and Astronomy after submitting an online application. Our application deadline is January 15. We do not offer a stand-alone masters program. Our program is for students looking to pursue a PhD program. Students in our program due earn their master of arts along the way however the masters is not the goal of our program.

The application fee is $40. To request a fee waiver, you must first create your application account trhough apply.grad.rochester.edu and begin the application. Then please email Laura Blumkin (laura.blumkin@rochester.edu) to request the fee waiver on your application account. Fee waivers cannot be granted without the application account having been started but before application submission.

Students will need to upload the following materials to the online application:

  • We do not have a minimum GPA required for application submission. Our admissions committee is used to reviewing transcripts from all over the world. Our admissions committee will review yoru curriculum and grades along with the rest of the fully completed application. Scanned in copies of all transcripts from university-level work (undergraduate and graduate) are required with the online application. Please do not mail hard copy transcripts at this time. Transcripts must be in English, official translation services are not required. If youre transcripts are not in English, please upload copies of the original to the application account and also upload your translation for courses and grades. If you do have an official translation, you are welcome to upload that as well but again, that is not required. It is important that our committee have a full record of all courses taken and all grades received, in English, so that they can review your preparation. If you are admitted and choose to enroll with us, you will be asked prove that you have received your bachelors degree by showing official transcripts to the ASE GEPA office but please do not send transcripts in the mail at this time, it will only be required for those that are admitted and choose to enroll.
  • At least three letters of recommendation from people who can comment on your potential for graduate study. Recommendations are due by our application deadline. If you have done research in your University, or at another institute, ask your research advisor to provide a letter. Recommendations must be submitted online only. Mailed letters of recommendation will not be accepted.
  • Submission of the General GRE test as well as the Physics GRE subject test is not required during the Fall 2021 application process. They are considered optional, which means that students may submit the results if they wish (for instance if the exams have already been taken). Should taking the exams pose a concern or burden, we discourage taking them. Applications will be given full consideration with or without GRE scores. We ask that if you are submitting GRE scores that you self-report your GRE and GRE Physics exam scores. If you are reporting scores, double check when you fill out the application that you enter your GRE scores in the online form itself, it is not enough to upload the results document. Official scores from ETS are not required during the application process. If you are admitted and choose to enroll with us, we will then require official test score confirmation direclty from ETS.  If you would like to have ETS send official scores, please use: 
    • School Code: 2928; Department Code: 0808
  • If you are not a native English speaker, your official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.
    • Institutional Code: 7267; Department Code: 76
    • If you have, or will have, received a degree from a US institution or an institution where the primary mode of instruction was in English, then the TOEFL/IELTS submission will be waived.
  • Statement of purpose has no specific required content but should include information that you would like the admissions committee to know about you and your aspirations to join our program. The committee is especially interested to learn about your research interests, your research or professional experience, relevant information not included elsewhere in your application, or further discussion of the significance of what you have achieved. In addition, you can discuss your problem solve and/or leadership skills; how you manage adverse situations; and any other achievements or activities that are important to you that may not be included elsewhere in your application. The committee would also like to know about any experiences that you may have in outreach activites or increasing the diversity of STEM fields. Optional: As part of your statement of purpose, in 100 words or less, tell us of any thoughts or specific ideas you wish to share for improving diversity in the physics and astronomy community.

Test Scores

The exams listed above are administered by external testing agencies at certain fixed times throughout the year. Please arrange to take these examinations early enough so that you can report the scores on your application by our January 15th application deadline.

We do not have minimum required scores for the GRE, GRE Physics, TOEFL or IELTS. Our admissions committee will consider test scores along with the rest of the fully completed application.

Submission of the General GRE test as well as the Physics GRE subject test is not required during the Fall 2021 application process. They are considered optional, which means that students may submit the results if they wish (for instance if the exams have already been taken). Should taking the exams pose a concern or burden, we discourage taking them. Applications will be given full consideration with or without GRE scores.

Application Decision Process

Our Graduate Admissions Committee begins its deliberations after the application deadline. We may or may not contact applications for interviews or additional information prior to decision announcements. Interviews are not granted upon request by applicants. Decisions are usually announced in February or March. You will be notified as soon as a decision has been made. Decisions are released as soon as the committee has made a decision about an application and may be staggered over several weeks. We receive over 400 applications per year and it is not possible to release all decisions on the same day. Please be patient. Only completed applications are given full consideration.

Questions?

Please contact Laura Blumkin, our Graduate Program Coordinator, with any questions (laura.blumkin@rochester.edu).