Application to the Graduate Program in Physics for Ph.D. and M.S. degrees

The same application form is used for the Ph.D. and M.S. programs in Physics and the M.S. program in Physics Entrepreneurship.

Follow this link to apply online (paper applications are no longer accepted). There is a processing fee of $7.50. The graduate school application fee of $50 mentioned on the CWRU Graduate School website is waived for Physics.

For application to the Ph.D. program the application deadline is January 15 for admission to the program in the fall. Students are accepted to start in the fall semester only, with unusual exceptions for transfer students and students holding masters degrees in physics.

It is recommended that international students applying to the M.S. program in Physics do so by June 15. The deadline for application to the M.S. program in Physics Entrepreneurship is August 15. However, it is recommended that students apply to this program by April 1. Students are accepted to the M.S. programs for the fall semester only.

Each application must include

  • The completed application form.
  • A statement of objective.
  • The general GRE scores.
  • The Physics GRE score.
  • TOEFL scores for international students whose first language is not English.
  • Transcripts. These may be unofficial for evaluative purposes. However, please note that official transcripts must be received before students can register for the programs.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Unofficial copies (pdf) of GRE/TOEFL results are acceptable for the early stages of the admissions process, but an official (paper) copy must be provided by mail before admission can officially be finalized. Deadline for receipt of all application material, including letters of recommendation, is January 15 for application for admission to the Ph.D. program. Applications that arrive after this deadline will be considered only as space in the graduate program permits.

Note that we keep applications for one year; if you want to reapply within a year of a previous application, you need only let us know (by emailing the Physics Department Admissions Director at and send any updates.

Questions?: See the FAQ on PhD Grad Applications

Further questions, not answered in the FAQ (link above), about the graduate programs in Physics may be directed to the Physics Department Director of Graduate Studies at and any question about admissions to the Physics Department Admissions Director at Here is a list of faculty who can answer questions about research programs and/or student life.

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