Applying For Graduate Admission

General Information

All applicants are strongly encouraged to present complete application packets to the Physics Department. Applications submitted without the application fee or those submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.  Applications and all corresponding materials are submitted directly through the UW-Madison Graduate School application online.


  • PhD: December 15th
  • MSPQC: March 15th



1. Statement of purpose for undertaking graduate work. Must be submitted via the online system.

2. Transcripts from each institution attended should be uploaded to the Graduate School application site for the initial application review. Transcripts should include the fall semester or winter quarter grades, if possible. Transcripts MUST be submitted electronically. Note: Official transcripts are only required upon admission. Documents must be issued by the school with the official seal/stamp and an official signature. International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation (including official certification of degrees and dates granted). GPA: For admission to the graduate program, the Graduate School requires a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0 as an A) for the past 60 semester hours or the equivalent of two years of undergraduate work.

3. Three letters of recommendation to be submitted online. We do not accept paper Letters of Recommendation. These letters should be written by your research supervisor and professors of physics, astronomy, mathematics, or chemistry with whom you have had recent contacts. Applicants who are graduate students should ask at least one professor at the school where they are currently enrolled to write to us. Applicants who are not students should include a letter from a scientist with whom they are working.

4. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.  The scores should arrive at UW-Madison by the admissions deadline. Official scores should be sent by ETS directly to UW-Madison (institution code 1846, no department code required).

  • PhD: General GRE and Physics GRE required
  • MSPQC: General GRE required  

5.  TOEFL Scores (International applicants only).  The english proficiency requirements at UW-Madison are listed on the Graduate School website.

6. Resume- upload to the Graduate School application site.


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