Graduate Students

Graduate Degree Programs


The Physics & Astronomy Department offers the following graduate degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Science
  • 5 Year BS/MS

The requirements for each of these programs may be found in the UofL Graduate Catalog

Graduate Program Application Instructions

  • All applicants will be considered for Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA). PhD GTA positions cover full tuition, basic health care coverage and receive a stipend paid in 12 monthly installments. Teaching duties of GTAs may include supervision of undergraduate physics laboratories, tutoring and grading up to a total of about 20 hours per week.
  • Specific details of the application requirements may be found at the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies on-line application site . There is a non-refundable application fee which must be paid by credit card.
  • A complete application must include the following:
    • Application form
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Official copy of undergraduate and any graduate transcripts
    • All applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit official TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test, or 550 or higher on the paper-based test for verification of English proficiency. English proficiency can also be met by submitting official IELTS scores of at least 6.5 overall band score from the academic module exam or official Duolingo overall score of 105.
  • International students must also provide:
  • Official ToEFL scores (for applicants for whom English is a second language). Minimum required score is 79.
  • Financial declaration statement.


  • We also encourage you to submit a CV/Resume, a personal statement and any other documents you feel may help us evaluate your applcation.
  • There are no absolute deadlines for applications, however, initial offers for Fall entry are made in early March. Therefore, in order to ensure consideration for Fall entry your complete application should be received no later than February 1. Applications received after this date will be considered for any remaining places. Spring entry positions are rare; to be considered for such a position we should have your application on file before mid-October.
  • Questions regarding the application procedure should be directed to the Graduate Admissions Co-ordinator, Dr. Sergio Mendes



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Information for Current Graduate Students