How to Apply

Applications are accepted September 15 through December 15. Please complete your application and submit it online at the following URL: . When you create your application account, you will be able to access the Physics Department's admission requirements and related information. All our graduate students begin in the autumn quarter; there are no mid-year admissions.

When you fill out your application, please pay special attention to the "Physics Supplement" page. Make sure that you indicate your area(s) of research interest. Also, please do not submit your application until it is complete. The University of Chicago requires a non-refundable graduate application fee of $90.

Please direct questions to Zosia Krusberg, Director of Graduate Studies,, 773-702-3067. 

For admission to the doctoral program in Physics, a bachelor's degree in any physical science or engineering is required. The General GRE and the Physics Subject GRE are both required. The range of GRE Subject Test scores for the entering class of 2018-19 was 540 - 990 with an average of 765, and 97 students were offered admission from approximately 650 applicants. Students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English via the TOEFL or the IELTS examination. On the TOEFL we prefer a minimum total score of 102 with 26 in each area except speaking for which we prefer a score of 24. On the IELTS we prefer a score of 7 or better in each area. Students with language scores lower than these are still considered but may be at a disadvantage for admission. All admitted graduate students are appointed as teaching or research assistants, with full financial aid. The Department also awards a few special fellowships.

Applicants should enter all the information being requested before submitting the application form. This includes your GPA and the required test scores (GRE and TOEFL). You must take the GRE Physics Subject Test on or before the October test. Please take the General Test as early as possible. Visit the following URLs to get the details on the GRE and the TOEFL schedules and related information: and (for international students).