Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline for consideration into the Graduate program for the 2018-2019 academic year?

January 1, 2018

How do I apply for the Graduate Program in Physics at Georgetown?

All applications to the Graduate Physics Program should be submitted electronically through the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Application Portal.

When is the start date for the Fall 2018 term?

August 29, 2018

When are applicants notified of admission decisions?

Applicants are typically notified of admission decisions in April or May.

Is it possible to come and visit the department?

We welcome visits to the Department from prospective applicants. The Physics Department holds an Open House for prospective students typically in March. The Open House provides an opportunity for prospective students to meet current students and faculty, tour the campus and facilities, and learn more about the Graduate Physics program.

If you would like to visit outside of the Open House, please be sure to arrange your visit with the Graduate Program Coordinator at least two weeks prior your potential visit date. Note that Department cannot reimburse for visits to the Department outside of the Graduate Program Open House.

Does the Department of Physics also offer a Master’s Degree program?

Yes, the Department of Physics does offer a Terminal Master Program; however, unlike the Ph.D. program which is funded by the University for the first 5 years, the Master’s program is not. Any student that is accepted into the Master’s Physics program will need to pay for this program out of pocket or locate external funding.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

Potential applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in an accredited undergraduate program

What is the average length of time for the completion of the Ph.D. program?

Completion of the Ph.D. in Physics program will typically take five years; however, this timeframe can vary based on the student’s research progress. Additionally, Ph.D. students are only funded by the University for the first 5 years, after 5 years, the student must procure funding through other means (i.e. self-funded, research grants, etc.)

Can the program be completed as a part-time student?

The Physics Ph.D. program is a full-time program. It may be possible to complete the program as a part-time student on a case-by-case basis, however, this is not typically recommended.

I am an International student, but I have a Bachelors and/or Master’s degree from a United States University, do I still need to the TOEFL exam?

If you have received a Bachelor's and/Master’s degree from higher education institution located in the United States you do not need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Where can I find more information regarding the Graduate School’s or the Physics departments specific application requirements and guidelines, and procedures?

Additional information regarding the Graduate School's specific requirements and application procedures along with the online application portal, can be found here: Georgetown Graduate Application Procedures

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