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Admission and Financial Aid

For admission to graduate study (for either a Ph.D. or Masters degree), a bachelor’s degree in physics or a related area is required with a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (B) in advanced physics and mathematics courses. Submission of scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) including the Physics Subject Test is required. Students from non-English-speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Department of Physics minimum acceptable TOEFL total scores are 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based), and 88 (internet-based). The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 7.0; only the academic version is acceptable, not the general-training version.

Financial aid in the form of graduate teaching fellowships is available on a competitive basis to Ph.D. students. (Research fellowships are also available on a competitive basis, usually for more advanced graduate students.) Teaching fellowships require approximately 18 hours of work a week and provide a stipend and tuition waiver.

The sequential nature of most physics courses makes it difficult to begin graduate study in terms other than fall. Furthermore, financial aid is usually available only to students who begin their studies in the fall. To be guaranteed full consideration, applications must be received by January 15.

For admission to the Ph.D. program, the application for admission and for a teaching assistantship is available on-line and can be submitted electronically. Note that if your ultimate aim is to earn a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon, you should apply to the Ph.D. program rather than the Master’s degree program. If you have questions, please contact Jodi Myers (

Applicants interested in the Master’s program should contact us for application instructions. If your ultimate goal is the Ph.D., you should apply for the Ph.D. program; a master’s degree is not required for admission (only a bachelor’s degree is required).

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