How to Apply

Important notice regarding General and Physics GRE policy for the 2021-2022 application cycle

The Department of Physics is not accepting General GRE or Physics GRE scores for applications for graduate admission in the 2021-2022 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: . 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. To determine whether you are eligible for a fee waiver, please consult this information.

A bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in in any physical science or engineering is strongly recommended.

Applicants who do not meet the waiver criteria here must submit proof of English language proficiency. Only the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic tests are accepted as proof of proficiency. The program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 90 overall, and a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall.
For the TOEFL, our institution code is 1832 and the department code is 72.
Please visit the UChicagoGRAD website for more about proof of English language proficiency.

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, For practical questions about the application, please contact Graduate Admissions,