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Physics and Astronomy Graduate Admissions and Procedures

Graduate Student Admission

The following information relates to the WSU Physics & Astronomy Department only.

Checklist (Word)

Checklist (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For more information regarding admission to the physics department at WSU, please  send an e-mail to physrecruit@wsu.edu.

Deadlines

Fall Semester Priority Deadline: January 10th.  We will continue to accept applications after this deadline but they will not be considered priority.  Fall admissions considerations will begin in February.


 

Stipulations

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
    • (International students only: Have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (IBT) or 214 (Computerized test).  IELTS may be substituted if score is 7 or higher.  The TOEFL score must be less than two years old at time of admission.)
  • Apply to WSU Graduate School Online
    WSU Graduate School Online Application procedures are subject to change separate from the information on this page.
  • Documents to be sent Separate from Online Application
      1. GRE and GRE subject percentages for the General Records Exam sent through ETS. General and subject physics GRE tests are not required; however, the department highly recommends them.The online graduate application may ask for your numerical GRE score(s). However, it is required to send unofficial GRE exam percentages to WSU separate from the online graduate application. A PDF of your unofficial ETS scores is acceptable – you may send it to physrecruit@wsu.edu.

    To apply for an official TOEFL and/or GRE to be sent to the Graduate School at Washington State University:
    School code = 4705

    1. list of all physics courses and the textbooks used in the courses Form: Word  Form: PDF
    2. Letters of Recommendation can be sent to the Physics department if one or more of your references prefer mailing a letter of recommendation as a hard copy rather than fill out the official WSU online form. E-mail to physrecruit@wsu.edu or mail to the address below. (The WSU official form form for letters of recommendation will be e-mailed to each contact listed once you submit the WSU Graduate School Online Application.)

These items should be mailed directly to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the following address:
Attn.: Graduate Admissions
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Washington State University
Pullman, WA  99164-2814

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Suggested Preparation

  • Look over the program details, make sure this school is the right fit for you. It is also a good idea to research the professors on campus and make a list of the top candidates you would like to work with in research projects.
  • Apply for Scholarships/Financial Aid (Physics Scholarships)
  • Find Housing: Some options are provided here, but remember that ultimately you are responsible for finding your own housing.
    • Contact current grad students (or have WSU staff help you contact) to ask around for a place to live (the networking option).
    • Look on craigslist or other internet resource (beware of scams)
    • Look in newspaper ads (again, beware of scams, check out where you are going if possible)
    • Contact WSU Housing (Graduate options include Family and Graduate Housing, Single Student Apartments, and Residence Halls such as McEachern).

(Remember, you can always move after you get to WSU if you are unhappy with your living situation. Keep in mind the stresses of moving during school when making such choices.)

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GPA Requirements

Minimum grade-point average

Admission to the Physics and Astronomy graduate program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

International Student Procedures

WSU Graduate School Requirements

WSU Undergraduate Requirements

TOEFL SCORES

Foreign students taking the TOEFL: the Graduate School requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (IBT) or 214 (Computerized test). IELTS may be substituted if score is 7 or higher. The TOEFL score must be less than two years old at time of admission.

To apply for an official TOEFL and/or GRE to be sent to the Graduate School at Washington State University:

School code = 4705

Department of Physics and Astronomy code = 0802

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Other Options

All WSU Graduate Programs

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Scholarships

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