Graduate Studies

Why Georgetown?

The Graduate Program in Physics at Georgetown University provides students the opportunity to take part in multidisciplinary research at an internationally renowned research university. What makes Georgetown so unique is that we offer a graduate program with two paths: one rooted in academic research, and another focused on industrial research.

Students pursuing a Ph.D. at Georgetown choose the path that best suits their needs. Those choosing the traditional physics track complete advanced physics coursework, followed by thesis research. We also provide an opportunity not found in most traditional Ph.D. programs: the Industrial Leadership in Physics program, in which students supplement their physics coursework and research with classes in business and entrepreneurship and a year-long apprenticeship at one of Georgetown's industrial partners.

The size of our graduate program is one of our major strengths. A small department means that faculty are able to provide close guidance to students at every stage of their Ph.D. work. The faculty foster a close-knit and collegial environment, which provides an excellent setting for learning and advancement.

The physics faculty have excellent funding records and our recent investments in infrastructure and facilities rival those of many larger research institutions. The new science center, projected to open in 2012, will be a state-of-the-art research and teaching facility, with a layout specifically designed to promote interdisciplinary research and innovation.


How to Apply

To apply, please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences online application page to get started. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator or the Director of Graduate Studies. You can also directly contact any faculty member about their individual research programs.

Director of Graduate Studies

Jim Freericks

Admissions Information

Admission to the graduate program requires a bachelor's degree in physics or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The general GRE is required, and the Physics Subject GRE is normally required. Students from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate proficiency in English via a score of at least 600 (paper) or 100 (iBT) on the TOEFL exam or at least 7.5 on the IELTS exam. Admission to the graduate program is based on evidence of intellectual accomplishment and commitment, as well as strong communication and interpersonal skills.


Research at Georgetown

The faculty are very active in high-impact research programs, which are funded through major research grants and industrial contacts.

All students are encouraged to get involved in research within the department as soon as possible. We provide financial support to all first-year students so that they can experience what it's like to do research during their first summer. Students are also encouraged to actively participate in different forms of research through rotations.

Our graduate students are provided a broad spectrum of research topics to choose from. Our programs range from field theory to neuroscience. We utilize laser tweezers and microrheology to study emulsions and polymers. We also use highly parallelized computing techniques to describe the structure of matter. Other work done in the department includes the construction the next MEMS device for biomedical applications.

We have strong industrial ties with some of the largest corporate research laboratories in the country, including IBM and Procter & Gamble. We also have ties to many high-tech start-ups. These connections help students interested in an business-oriented Ph.D. to begin making connections within their first year of graduate school. These opportunities have allowed graduates to work in high-tech industries and at prestigious research institutions.