PhD in Physics
With no area of specialization required, students in the Physics PhD program can explore research areas before selecting a faculty advisor. In addition, students are guaranteed five years of support.
MS in Physics – Quantum Computing
The first program of its kind in the U.S., our accelerated MS in Physics – Quantum Computing is designed to be completed in 12 months, rapidly preparing graduates for employment in this high-growth field.
Welcome to graduate studies in Physics at the UW–Madison!
We offer two programs of study. Our doctoral program has been awarding PhDs in Physics since 1899, and is currently training ~180 students in all areas of physics. Our M.S. in Physics – Quantum Computing is the first program of its kind in the nation. The inaugural cohort of nine students began their studies in Fall 2019.
Interested students may apply for both programs, but please note the PhD program has an application deadline of December 15 whereas the MSPQC program has an application deadline of March 15. You can apply for three graduate programs at UW–Madison with 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
PhD — December 15, 2022
MSPQC — March 15, 2023
The Graduate Admissions Committees will NOT require or consider GRE test scores for Fall 2023 applications.
Connect With Us!
The Department of Physics prides itself on its connection with the broader physics and graduate education community. Please join us at any of the following events we will be attending in the coming months: