Applications for the Graduate Program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at KU are made through the Office of Graduate Studies. Start the Application Process.

Application Fees:

Domestic - $65.00
International - $85.00
The Department of Physics and Astronomy does not offer fee waivers.

Requirements for regular admission:

All students admitted to the MS, MS/PhD, or PhD program must meet the University's requirements for regular admission.

  1. Bachelor's Degree or Higher
  2. GPA 3.0 or above in at least one previous degree
  3. English proficiency that meets the requirements for Regular Admission (International Applicants only)

When to apply

To ensure full consideration, apply before the application submission date. Incomplete or late applications may not be considered.

  • Submission date for Spring admission is October 1st.
  • Submission date for Fall admission is December 31st.

Application materials

Please upload ALL documents specified below at the time of application submission. Additional materials provided after the online application process (by email or post) will not be considered. We will review your application only after the application is complete.

  • Transcripts A scanned version of the transcript from your undergraduate and any post-Bachelor institution(s). If admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts by the end of your first semester at KU to avoid having a hold placed on your student account. Review the KU Transcript requirement for more information, especially for International Applicants who may need to provide additional documentation.
  • Statement of Purpose A single document also including: academic interests and professional goals.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendations. You will be asked for the names and email addresses of three people who can write a recommendation letter describing your qualifications for graduate school in physics and astronomy. Once you submit the application, an email will be sent to each recommender requesting a letter and electronic survey from each person that you name.
  • GRE Scores. Not required, but highly recommended. A scanned version of your score report is acceptable for review.
  • GRE Subject Score (Physics). Not required, but highly recommended. A scanned version of your score report is acceptable for review; however, an official score report is required before Orientation. Admitted students who achieve a score of 650 or higher will be exempt from taking the Department's Diagnostic Exam during Orientation. (Note: Applicants who submit GRE Physics scores have priority for admission and financial support.)

Note: If you choose to take the GRE and or GRE Subject Examinations, you will be asked to choose an “Intended Graduate Major” code.  There are about 10 different codes to choose from. To ensure that your scores are sent to our Department, please choose Physics – 0808”. 

ETS Codes for submitting original GRE Score Reports:
Institution: 6871
Department: 0808

International Applicants

  • Proof of English proficiency. Please review the requirements for admissions and employment and the KU Policy Library. To be considered for GTA/GRA support, you must be admitted on Regular Admission/Status. A scanned version of your score report is acceptable for review; however, an official score report is required before admission can be offered.
  • Foreign GPA. If your last degree is awarded by a foreign institution, please determine whether your GPA meets our requirement of 3.0 (Letter grade B) using this grade conversion tool. Also please include your U.S. GPA equivalence, otherwise delays could be expected for processing of your application.

ETS Codes for submitting original iBT TOEFL Score Reports:
Institution: 6871
Department: 76

Please upload ALL documents specified above at the time of application submission. Additional materials provided after the online application process (by email or post) will not be considered. We will review your application only after the application process is complete.

Additional Information

Please contact Joel Sauerwein, Graduate Secretary. You can reach him at 785-864-1225, or JoelSauer@ku.edu. When contacting via email, please put "Admission/Application Inquiry" in the subject line.

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