EMU is located in a large vibrant tech region with hundreds of laboratories and universities offering both collaborative and employment opportunities in fields supported by our Physics and Astronomy Department.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is home to nine undergraduate physics and physics teaching programs, four related minors, and three masters programs.

Physics at Eastern was recognized by the American Institute of Physics as one of the top producers of physics majors in the country among master's level universities.

All courses in the physics programs are taught by Ph.D. faculty with active research agendas.


All of our courses are small and personal. The largest physics class typically has 36 students. At EMU, we believe working with students one-on-one is the best way to help you succeed and become future scientists.


Undergraduate research is our focus! You can find research opportunities in the Plasma Lab, Thin Film & Surface Science Lab, Modern Optics Lab, Laser Physics Lab, Computational Space Physics Lab, and Sherzer Observatory.


Our graduates often earn national fellowships to attend graduate school, become scientific researchers at national labs such as Sandia or Los Alamos, or work for area businesses in optics, software development, electronics, automotive design, green energy, production, and hospitals.

Program Requirements

Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required. Some departments require higher minimum GPAs; see specific program requirements. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission.

If you have questions about the application process or your application status, please contact the Office of Admissions at graduate_admissions@emich.edu or 734.487.3400. Additionally, please contact the graduate program's department for specific program questions
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

Our department is housed in a newly renovated science building that allows close interaction between faculty and graduate students in teaching, research, and outreach. Graduate students enjoy dedicated office space next to faculty offices to promote the cohesive nature of our department. The department hosts a weekly graduate seminar and an active SPS chapter.