Answers to your questions about applying to the Georgia Tech Graduate Physics Program
Prospective physics graduate students are welcome to contact faculty members to enquire about their research program. However, individual faculty members cannot accept students into the graduate program. All prospective students must apply through the Georgia Tech Office of Graduate Studies, and then the application is reviewed by the School of Physics Graduate Committee which will provide an admission recommendation to the Office.
Information and guidelines for applying to the School of Physics graduate program are shown below. Questions can be sent to the addresses listed in Contact Information. The application deadline is January 1.
- You do not need to have a BS in Physics to apply to our program, but you have to have taken junior/senior level courses in Classical Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism, Quantum Mechanics, and Statistical (Thermal) Physics.
- If your career plan is to do Research, you should apply directly to the Ph.D. program – not the MS Program. Almost all students directly enter a Ph.D. program after earning their BS degree. Our Ph.D. students are given a Teaching Assistantship and tuition is not charged. Our MS students are given no financial support and must pay full tuition.
- The GRE Physics Test is NOT REQUIRED for applicants with Physics or Astronomy degrees from U.S. colleges and universities.
- The General GRE Test is required (reporting codes are found here).
- Official transcripts are required with the application.
- If you have not graduated, send us an unofficial transcript that shows the courses you are taking in the Spring term.
- Review of applications occurs at the end of January. Decision emails are sent out in mid-February.
- The GRE Physics Test is required for applicants from outside the U.S. Official scores must be sent directly from ETS. If you have not taken it by January of the year in which you seek Fall admission, then your application will not be reviewed. The minimum score for the GRE Physics Test is 640, but we do show some flexibility for special cases.
- If you have been enrolled at a US university or college for at least one academic year then the TOEFL requirement is waived (see http://www.grad.gatech.edu/international-students-toefl).
- The TOEFL minimum is 106 and official scores must be sent directly from ETS. Occasionally, offers are made to students with scores in the 100-105 range. If your score is less than 100, retake the TOEFL exam and raise your score. This will help improve your odds at all of the graduate programs to which you apply.
- The IELTS test CANNOT be substituted for the TOEFL test.
- Official transcripts and, if applicable, Degree Certification documents are required and must be in English.
- TOEFL and GRE codes are listed here.