bridge program

Department of Physics Bridge Program

The Department of Physics now offers a one- or two-year bridge experience to a few select students each year. Bridge students have full standing as graduate students in our Ph.D. program and will receive a full financial support package. However, bridge students are allotted up to two years of development under the guidance of faculty, staff, and peer mentors. The required development is designed to help ensure that bridge students are well prepared to succeed in their pursuit of the Ph.D. once the bridge phase has been completed.

A two-year bridge experience will generally consist of the following...

  • a plan of coursework that bridge students are required to follow 
  • training and mentoring in the pursuit of cutting-edge research 
  • participation in teaching activities together with some training on teaching 
  • development of academic, research, and professional skills 

The academic program consists of undergraduate courses and research during the first year, and an expected mix of undergraduate and graduate courses, along with continued research, during the second year. Even though this is not a Master's degree program, bridge students are eligible to earn a Master's degree in physics if the requirements are fulfilled.

Who Should Apply?

If you are a US citizen or Permanent Resident and have completed, or are about to complete, a Bachelor's degree (preferably but not necessarily in physics or a closely related field), and believe that you have the aptitude and commitment to achieve a Ph.D in physics, but

  • you feel that your background in physics is not sufficient to begin a doctoral program, or
  • you feel that there are significant gaps in your knowledge or experience that should be filled to prepare you for Ph.D. work, or
  • you feel that you can greatly benefit by some guidance and mentoring before pursuing Ph.D. level studies, or
  • you were not successful in gaining admission into a doctoral program,

then you are an excellent candidate. Members of under-represented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

  1. Our preferred method of application is for students to apply directly to this program through our online application process. Consideration for fall 2017 admission is now closed.
  2. Also, we are a partnership institution with the APS Bridge Program. Under certain circumstances, your application to that program may be used for consideration for our program as well. However, we may not see that application until late in the process.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact us:

Program Contact
David D. Reid
Executive Officer
Department of Physics
Email: dreid@uchicago.edu
Phone: 1-773-702-3067