Admissions

Class ChangeThe Physics Department is always seeking highly motivated graduate students with a passion to do physics. We are committed to creating and nurturing a highly stimulating research environment that draws it strength from the deep and varied talents of a diverse group of students, faculty and staff.  Wile the admissions process is very competitive, applications are evaluated on a holistic basis with an eye to placing students in research groups that they will thrive in.  The department faculty have many different research interests which touch upon the most pressing questions in the field today.  More information can be found by looking into the individual webpages of departmental faculty as well as visiting the graduate school shopper website designed for prospective graduate students by the American Institute of Physics. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to learn about departmental research so that they can explain in their application why they are excited to come to Duke for graduate studies.

Application Requirements

Admissions decisions are made by the Graduate Admissions Committee (GAC) after reviewing the entire application package which includes:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Academic performance (official transcript)
  3. Research experience
  4. Three (or more) letters of recommendation
  5. Statement of purpose (describing research interests)
  6. General GRE scores  (Due to COVID-19, the requirement status of the General GRE Score in the 2021 application season is currently undetermined.  A decision on this matter will be posted as soon as it is available and is expected by the end of July 2020)
  7. Physics GRE score (recommended but not required)

All the above are usually required for the application to be complete. In exceptional circumstances some of these requirements may be waived. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for any further information.

Applications must be submitted online through the graduate school web site and, in order to receive full consideration, should be submitted on or before the application due date of December 10 of each year for the following year's Fall admission.  Late applications are typically accepted until January 1.