How to Apply

Important notice regarding General and Physics GRE policy for the 2020-2021 application cycle

The UChicago Physics Department is not accepting General GRE or Physics GRE scores for applications for graduate admission in the 2020-2021 application cycle. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the circumstances under which testing would need to occur, either in person or remotely, and believe these to be overly burdensome for applicants.  All applications will be given full consideration, without reference to GRE scores which should not be mentioned anywhere in any student’s application.

Further, the UChicago Physics admissions committee will take the significant disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic into account when reviewing students’ portfolios, including transcripts and other materials. We understand that in many cases alternative grading (e.g. Pass/No record) will be used during the pandemic, and will take that into account in the admissions process.  We also understand that the impact of the pandemic is not felt equally by all students, and will depend on a student’s individual experiences.


Applications are accepted September 15 through December 15. Please complete your application and submit it online at the following URL: https://apply-psd.uchicago.edu/apply/ . 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. A fee waiver request is available within the application.

For admission to the doctoral program in Physics, a bachelor's degree in any physical science or engineering is required. 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.

The English language requirement may be waived if the applicant is a native of or studied in full-time status for at least one academic year within the last five years in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana or English medium universities in Canada or South Africa. Students who studied in English in other countries, for example, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc., are not exempt from the English language requirement.

All admitted graduate students are appointed as teaching or research assistants, with full financial aid. The Department also awards a few special fellowships.

Please direct questions about the graduate program to Dr. Zosia Krusberg, Director of Graduate Studies, zosia@uchicago.edu. For practical questions about the application, please contact Graduate Admissions, gradadmissions@uchicago.edu.