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The first PhD in Physics from UW–Madison was awarded in 1899. Since then, our department has continued a strong tradition of graduate study.

Graduate Programs in Physics

Application Deadlines

Fall 2024 UW–Madison Graduate School applications will be available in mid-September 2024. Physics Graduate application deadlines are:

PhD — December 15, 2024

MSPQC — March 15, 2025

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Welcome to graduate studies in Physics at the UW–Madison!

Our doctoral program has been awarding PhDs in Physics since 1899, and is currently training ~170 students in all areas of physics. Our M.S. in Physics – Quantum Computing is the first program of its kind in the nation, enrolling the first cohort in Fall 2019.

Interested students may apply for both programs, but please note the PhD and MSPQC programs have different deadlines. You can apply for three graduate programs at UW–Madison with just one application fee.

Please contact us about our programs, department, graduate studies at UW–Madison, or graduate student life and life in Madison at the following email

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We plan to attend several conferences in summer and fall 2024, check back here for an update list soon!


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