Scores and Letters of Recommendation
Applications to the Physics Graduate Program are submitted through the University of Maryland's Graduate School.
Please visit the University of Maryland Graduate School's Application Process page, where you will find a step-by-step guide to applying, answers to frequently asked questions, and the link to the application. The Physics Admissions Requirements are listed here.
The application submission deadline is 11:59 pm EST on December 9.
The General GRE will not be used in our admissions process. The Physics GRE is optional; if a student decides to submit a score it may be considered along with many other factors. Our admissions process takes a holistic review of the application. In all cases, we will fully and fairly evaluate applications based on the available information and will do this regardless of whether a Physics GRE score is submitted.
The admission committee looks for indications that an applicant will be successful. No single factor will either lead to our accepting an applicant or deciding against offering admission. The admissions review considers the applicant’s academic performance to date, potential for contribution to research, and persistence in and commitment to educational success. In most cases the Physics GRE, if provided, will be given little weight in the process. However, the Physics GRE may contain information that is complementary to what is found elsewhere in the application; in these cases it can help in the admissions process. We recommend that international students and students who believe that their transcripts do not accurately reflect their underlying academic strengths give serious consideration to submitting a Physics GRE score.
GRE (General and Subject) – 5814
TOEFL – 5814
You will be required to submit TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores if you are a US citizen or permanent resident with international credentials whose native language is not English and who does not hold a degree from an institution in the US or one of the areas listed above.
How many credits do I need to take?
Typically, graduate students with an appointment in their department (TA or RA) must take 24 units. Each graduate-level course credit counts as 6 units, and each research credit counts as 18. For example, students who are only taking classes typically need to have at least 4 credits, and students who are only doing research need to have 2 credits of PHYS898. You can read more about it here.
How do I register for class?
Why can’t I register for PHYS899?
Doctoral candidates are automatically registered by the Registrar’s Office for this course about 2-4 weeks before the beginning of the semester.