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Prospective Graduate Students FAQ

What is the application deadline?

The Graduate School's current application deadlines can be found here; however, please note that we will begin reviewing applications as early as January 1st each year, and applicants are encouraged to complete their application by that date. Please note that the University offers several internal fellowships that have nomination deadlines beginning in mid-January. The department must nominate candidates. You will automatically receive full consideration for those fellowships if you submit your materials before January 1st.

Is the admissions process a rolling process?

We aim to make our first round of offers by mid to late February. Students who receive offers in this round are given until April 15th to accept or decline. We will begin making our second round of offers around that date and continue until we have a filled class.

When will I be notified of whether or not I am accepted into the Physics program?

If we selected you for a first-round offer, we would notify you in mid- to late-February. We will make our second-round admission offers sometime in late April to early May. If your application has not been selected for admission, you will be informed by early to late May at the latest.

Can I apply for an application fee waiver?

Students may request a fee waiver by completing a form. Please note that requests for fee waivers are separate from the application process and receipt of a fee waiver is not a guarantee of admission. You must submit your waiver request by November 10 to receive full consideration. Our department has limited fee waivers to allocate each year, and we typically award all of them before the end of the calendar year.

Do I need to secure a graduate thesis supervisor before applying?

Students typically secure a graduate advisor in their first or second year of study. You do not need to identify a research advisor before applying; however, if you are interested in working with a particular faculty member, you are encouraged to contact them before applying to see if they plan to take on new students.

Is the GRE required? What is the minimum GRE score?

We do not require the GRE subject or GRE general tests. There is no minimum score required.

Is the TOEFL required? How do I know if I am exempt? What is the minimum score?

Information on the Graduate School's language requirements can be found here.

What is the official code for reporting GRE/TOEFL scores?

The GRE/TOEFL reporting code for UT Grad School is 1843.

I am an international student applying to the Physics Graduate Program. Do I meet the minimum requirements to apply?

Information on the minimum requirements for the Graduate School can be found here.

Can you estimate my likelihood of being accepted into the program? Can you estimate my chances of admission based on my record?

A committee of faculty members makes our final admissions decisions, and we look at a variety of factors that include, among other things, academic preparation and prior research experience. Importantly, we make our choices in the context of the applicant pool. For this reason, we will not provide estimates of your chances of acceptance into the program.

I am an international student, and I currently do not hold a Visa. Am I still eligible to apply?

You do not need to hold a visa at the time of your application. You will, however, need to have a valid Visa to enroll in the program.

Are official transcripts required? What is considered an "official transcript" from my University or institution?

The Graduate School requires copies of official transcripts for the first round of review. However, you will be required to supply official copies of all documents if you are accepted into the program.

If I am admitted, how will I be funded?

Nearly all of our admission offers come with support in the form of a graduate teaching assistantship. Students typically transfer to a graduate research assistantship after they join a research group. If a student cannot secure a GRA, then the department will continue GTA funding provided the student is making satisfactory progress towards completing their degree.

Is it possible to update my application after I have already submitted it?

Yes. You can update your application by contacting the Office of Graduate Admissions .

How do I know if the person I would like to work with has openings for students?

We strongly encourage you to contact individual faculty members to discuss research opportunities, especially if you want to work with a particular faculty member or conduct research in a specific area.

What fraction of students who apply get admitted?

We have historically made admissions offers to approximately 25-33% of the applicants to our program under our current admissions practices.

How can I make sure my application materials have arrived?

You can check the status of your application here. Please note that the Office of Graduate Admissions staff are ready to assist you with questions you may have during your application process.

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