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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Physics & Astronomy

Admissions & Financial Aid

Physics & Astronomy

Graduate Program and Application Requirements

See DU's Graduate Students page for general information, and the Graduate Application Requirements page for more details about applying.

For physics-specific inquiries, please contact Barbara Stephen at (303) 871-2238 or phys-gradinfo@du.edu.

    • Degrees offered: MS, PhD. Please note that graduate stipends differ between the two degree programs. We normally encourage prospective students to apply to the PhD program. Please contact us with any individual questions.

    • Application Process: All prospective graduate students should use DU's Web-based graduate application.

    • Application Deadline: February 1 (recommended). Autumn admission only.

    • Application Fee: The University of Denver requires a $65 nonrefundable application fee before materials can be processed. This fee cannot be waived or deferred.

    • GRE Requirements: Applicants must take the GRE General Test; a minimum Quantitative score of 146 (550 on the old scale) is required.  We strongly prefer applicants who have also taken the GRE Physics Subject Test.

    • Application Essay:   Your application should include a short essay in your own words, describing why you are interested in attending graduate school and why you chose our department. In your essay, specify your particular physics area of interest and discuss your future career plans.

    • Letters of Recommendation: When you fill out the online application, you will be asked to provide names and email addresses of individuals who will write letters of recommendation. Please ensure you have accurate email addresses for your recommenders. Letter requests and instructions are sent to your recommenders via email within one business day of the submission of your online application. We suggest you notify your recommenders in advance that the recommendation requests will be coming from the University of Denver. This will allow them to send their letters electronically in time to meet the application deadline.

    • Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from every institution at which more than 2 credits have been completed.

  • International Students: International students must submit the University of Denver supplement for International Students. The I-20 form cannot be issued without this completed form. See DU's information on International Graduate Application Materials for more details. For iBT/TOEFL/IELTS information, please see DU's English Language Proficiency requirements.  The time required for international students to obtain visas has increased since September 11, 2001, and some rules have changed; students need to be aware of possible transit visa requirements. The following information is also helpful for international applicants: