Prospective Graduate Students

Because of the large number of qualified applicants, the Department of Physics has had to restrict formal admission to the Graduate School to those who have shown particularly outstanding work in their undergraduate records or who have already done satisfactory work in key senior-level courses at the University of Maryland. Students who have less outstanding records but who show special promise may be given provisional admission under special circumstances. Regular admission will then depend on the satisfactory completion of existing deficiencies.

Students who enter the graduate program are normally expected to have strong backgrounds in physics, including intermediate-level courses in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, physical optics, and modern physics. A student with deficiencies in one or more of these areas may be admitted but will be expected to remedy such deficiencies as soon as possible.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including the Advanced Physics test, is required for admission. In rare instances, this requirement may be waived. The average GRE Physics Subject test score is approximately 825. The average GPA for students educated in U.S. institutions is 3.75. A minimum overall score of 84 on the Internet-based TOEFL (details) is required of applicants from non-English speaking countries.



Contact Information

Office of Student Services

1120 John S. Toll Physics Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Graduate Student Services Staff:

Peter Shawhan, Associate Chair for Graduate Education

Donna Hammer,  Director

Amy Streets, Academic Program Specialist


Financial Assistance

The Department offers both teaching and research assistantships. In 2005-2006 approximately 50 teaching assistants and 160 research assistants worked in the Department. Summer research stipends for advanced graduate students are customary, and a few summer teaching assistantships are available.

The deadline for all applications is December 15.

Graduate students also can do research for their thesis through a full-time or part-time research position in the many government and industry laboratories located within a few miles of the campus.

Department of Physics

University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-4111
Phone: 301.405.3401
Fax: 301.314.9525