Applications for Admission and Financial Aid are made to the UConn Graduate School.

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We recognize that due to Covid-19, while the GRE General Examination will be administered online (See the GRE website for details) cost and logistical challenges may make it difficult for potential applicants to take the examination. Thus for this year (application for the Fall 2021 term), the GRE General Examination is optional. If applicants choose to submit test scores, those results will be considered only as part of the larger application package. Applicants will not be penalized in any way if they choose not to submit results of the General GRE. Due to the cancellation of the September and October 2020 Subject GRE administration by ETS, prior Physics GRE scores will not be considered as part of the application for Fall 2021 admissions. Three letters of recommendation and a personal statement should be submitted with the application. A personal statement can provide biographical background information, describe the applicant’s motivation for pursuing graduate studies in Physics, or recount any research experience the applicant may have. Any other information that helps the Admissions Committee to get to know the applicant is also welcome. International applicants from non-English speaking countries should also include evidence of proficiency in the English language. You may submit results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or (preferably) the test administered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). These are UConn Graduate School admission requirements. See UConn Graduate School admission requirements for details. Note that a minimum score of 22 (TOEFL) or 7.0 (IELTS) on the speaking portion of these exams is required for financial support as a teaching assistant. See UConn’s English Proficiency Policy for TAs and Testing Procedures for details.

Applicants are advised to have their application complete by January 15 for admission in the following Fall semester. Although applications are accepted year-round, practically all decisions concerning admission and financial aid are made early in the spring semester.

International students for whom it is not possible to obtain the U.S. currency required for the application fee, may apply informally by sending all application materials, including the application form and all official transcripts, recommendation letters, test scores, and personal statement of research interests, to the Physics Department:

Attn: Carrie Cichocki
Department of Physics
University of Connecticut
196 Auditorium Road, Unit 3046
Storrs, CT 06269-3046

In exceptional cases, the application fee may be waived, depending on available funds and the discretion of the Department Head and Graduate Admissions Committee.

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