Prospective Students & Applicants
Important notice regarding the General and Physics GRE requirement for the 2020-2021 application cycle
The Georgetown University Physics Department recognizes the ongoing difficulties and disruptions of scheduling standardized testing during the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, GRE scores will NOT be required this year, and their absence will not be used to count against any applicant.
Additionally, the Admissions Committee understands and respects decisions made by individual applicants and/or their academic institutions to adopt alternative grading policies (e.g. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, Pass/No Record, Credit/No Credit, Pass/Fail) and other similar grading options during the disruption during the pandemic.
Application Cycle for Fall 2021 Enrollment is now Closed.
Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are due on
January 1, 2021.
Please take a moment to learn about the Georgetown University Graduate Program in Physics by viewing our
Graduate Admissions Info flyer or Webinar Recording Below:
Application Process and Requirements
Our application deadline is January 1st.
All applications to the Graduate Physics Program should be submitted electronically through the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences application portal (new window)
The Graduate School Physics page includes the most current information on deadlines and requirements.
Note: The Graduate School will not accept any credentials via email or fax.
A completed application consists of (1) an online application form (application portal), the (2) application fee ($90), and the following credentials:
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test: (waived for the 2020-2021 admission cycle)
- GRE Physics Subject test: (waived for the 2020-2021 admission cycle)
- Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply (new window) (new window) page for additional details and FAQs.
- Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Academic statement of purpose
- TOEFL or IELTS score
- Achieve a Bachelor’s degree in Physics or a related field
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in an accredited undergraduate program
- Take the GRE (waived for the 2020-2021 admission cycle)
- Take the Physics Subject GRE (waived for the 2020-2021 admission cycle)
- Score a minimum of 600 (paper) or 100 (iBT) on the TOEFL exam or 7.5 for the IELTS exam**
- For applicants from non-English speaking countries only
Note: TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years from the date of the test.
**Duolingo English Test: Where TOEFL and IELTS tests are unavailable, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will temporarily accept Duolingo English Test results as proof of English proficiency until otherwise noted. The Duolingo English Test will be accepted as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS for those applicants impacted by the closures. A minimum score of 120 is required for admission to the Physics programs. In addition to providing a score above the minimum, applicants will be required to complete an online Zoom or Skype interview, or live writing sample, as directed by the program’s Director of Graduate Studies.
Statement of Purpose
The statement of purpose should be one to two pages long. It should describe your background as it relates to your interest in pursuing graduate studies in the physics program at Georgetown. For example, you could mention academics, research and work experience, and community contributions. Your statement should also cover your academic and professional goals, how the physics program will help you achieve those goals, your talents and abilities, and the reason why you want to pursue an advanced degree. If your academic record has areas of concern, please address them here.
Letters of Recommendation
It is important to carefully select the people who will write your letters of recommendation; grades and scores do not reflect the totality of the applicant. Choose individuals who will accurately assess your capacity for research and have known you for an extended period, such as your academic Advisor or Research Mentor. Recommendation letters should directly address your preparedness for graduate studies in physics and should attest to your research experience and potential for success at Georgetown.
For applicants whose native language is not English, certification of English language proficiency is required via TOEFL or IELTS.
- The minimum TOEFL score is 600 for the paper version or 100 for the internet version
- The minimum IELTS score is 7.5.
Note: these requirements are stricter than those of the graduate school.
We welcome applications for the Ph.D. degree from students who already hold Master’s degrees. Applications from transfer students will be determined on a case-by-case basis.