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How to Apply

How to ApplyApplications to the Physics PhD program and the Atmospheric Physics PhD program are done through the UMBC Graduate School website using the CollegeNet online application service. After creating a CollegeNet account, you can begin uploading application materials. You can save a partially completed application and return later to complete and submit your package. The submission deadline is January 1st.

Applicants to the Physics PhD program will need to submit:

  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • GRE General Test scores (required)
  • GRE Physics Subject Test score (not required, but heavily recommended)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement of Purpose
  • Application fee of $50

Applicants to the Atmospheric Physics PhD program will need to submit:

  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • GRE General Test scores (required)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement of Purpose
  • Application fee of $50

Application packages are reviewed by an Admissions Committee comprised of Physics Department faculty members. Admissions decisions are typically made by the end of February, and there is an Open House “Visit Day” for admitted students in early March.

Note for International Applicants: U.S. News and World Report recently listed UMBC among the nation’s most diverse universities, and there are students from over 150 different countries attending UMBC. All international applicants should contact the Graduate Admissions Committee Chair, Dr. Laszlo Takacs, by e-mail before beginning the application process for information about their eligibility and any special requirements. This initial e-mail should include the applicant’s undergraduate GPA, GRE, and TOEFL scores.

Note for MS Applicants: All students enrolled in the PhD programs can earn a non-terminal MS degree en-route to the PhD. Students specifically interested in applying for only the MS programs should contact the Graduate Admissions Committee Chair, Dr. Laszlo Takacs, for special information.

Click here to begin the application process through the UMBC Graduate School website.

For additional information or questions about the application and admissions process, please contact:

Dr. Laszlo Takacs
Graduate Admissions Committee Chair
takacs@umbc.edu