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Graduate Degree Options

Academic requirements give students several options to earn advanced degrees in physics. The master's degree program offers thesis, project, and non-thesis options. The doctoral program allows students to specialize in the field of their choice, working at facilities on-campus, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma, or at other research facilities used by physics faculty.

Important Information on Departmental Admissions

  • We will begin reviewing applications on January 15th each year. Please make sure to submit all required documents to the University by that date to ensure that your application will be given full consideration. Please note that submission of the GRE Physics and GRE General scores are optional for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.
  • Departmental policies on financial aid, fee waivers, fellowships, etc.

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