Applications to the Physics Graduate Program are submitted to the University of Maryland Graduate School. Please start by checking the Physics Admissions Requirements web page. When you are ready to begin, go to the ApplyYourself site to create an application account. You can save a partially completed application and return to the ApplyYourself site later to complete and submit it. The submission deadline is December 15.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

  • Graduate application
  • Transcript(s)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General and Physics test scores
  • For international students from non-English speaking countries: TOEFL or IELTS test scores (see detailed requirements)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Physics Program Supplementary Application
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75)

Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee composed of physics faculty members. The recommendations of the committee are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean. To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

Information for International Graduate Students

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students. International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance. Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents. Please see the ISSS Graduate Admissions information page for more information.


Applicants are encouraged to contact the online application system helpdesk for any technical issues. For general questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School. For questions about the Physics Graduate Program, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..